Brake Pad Replacement in Rim Brakes

The brake system of a vehicle is one of the major components that have a very significant role to play in the safety of the car. Stopping your car at the right moment saves you from an unfortunate accident. As necessary it is to travel from your source to the desired position, applying brakes and stopping when needed is also equally important. If your brakes are not in a proper condition, they will fail at performing the desired function and won’t be of any use in a critical situation. To ensure that the brake system of your car performs exceptionally under all circumstances, it is very important to get it examined regularly by a technician.

An important part of the whole brake system is the brake pad which is responsible for holding the fort down. It is because of the brake pads that your car stops when you apply the brakes. But like any other component, the brake pads of your car also wear with time, due to the friction generated between metal disk and brake pads when you apply the brake. Therefore, maintaining your brake system can involve replacing the brake pads a couple of times. The lifespan of your brake pads depends upon your frequency and style of driving. A car that is being driven very frequently by the owner has higher chances of having brake pads abrasion than a car which isn’t driven that often.

For rim calliper braking system, brake pad replacement is a very common service. As time passes by, the material of the pad also hardens, becoming less impactful. This article is concerned with the replacement of brake pads with respect to the bicycle rim brake system.


The brake pads of the car come in various types in terms of shapes, sizes, etc. Broadly, they are divided into three categories- Road, Threaded stud, and Smooth stud. All of these three variants come in two forms. They can be manufactured as a single piece in which the pad is attached to the stud. They are available in the cartridge style in which the brake pad is flexible i.e. they can slide in and out.


In this type of brake pad, the wheel is removed first, making the whole process a lot easier. It is done by losing the pad fastener first and then detaching the pad from the arm. After installing the new pads, you should check them and look for any forward arrows or left and right side markings. Remember, the closed side always stays in the front in case the holder has a closed side and an open side. After keeping all these things in mind, you can proceed with installing the pads accordingly.

For cartridge style pads, first, dismantle the retention screw or the clip, followed by pulling the pad towards the back in order to let it slide out in case you are planning to swap only the pad materials of the pads. You can even make use of pliers if required.

After finishing the whole process, examine the process carefully.


In a full unit threaded stud pad, different width spacers are used to relatively place the brake arm and the rim. You should also check the bike for a wider space along with a narrower space.

The same process is followed for cartridge style threaded stud pads as it was for cartridge style road brake pads. After installing the new pad, examine it thoroughly and check for things like the curve of the pad which should be identical to the curve of the rim. Insert the pad completely into position and lodge the retention clip which will be accepted by the groove in the back of the pad.


In a full pad unit, the whole process of pad replacement is less chaotic in the absence of the wheel. Take notes of the spacer orientation while examining the calliper arm and pad stud.

In a cartridge style pad, the pad material should only be replaced with cartridge style pads. Start the process by looking out for screw or retention clip, and then push the pad backwards in order to take it out of the cartridge holder.

With this, we come to an end of the article on brake pad replacement. Along with brake pad replacement, a couple of changes and modifications would be needed to ensure the proper functioning of the brakes. Bring your car down to Jackson MOT Brake Repair Northampton and get brake pad replacement and adjustment performed by a team of robust technicians.

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