Need advice. I am replacing brake rotors and pads for all four wheels. My home 2-car garage only gives me enough room to work on the side facing the other car, the middle of the garage. Is it safe to install the rotors and pads on both the front and rear passenger wheels first - then back the car out of the garage and pull it back in on the other side so that the driver side gets the room to work? Any problem doing one side and then the other instead of both front and then both rear?

  • What is the make ,model, and year of the car?
    – mr_tuner
    Mar 17 '16 at 15:34
  • Honda Accord EX 2004
    – okorng
    Mar 17 '16 at 15:34
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    Can you back the other car out to give to you more room? I think most people replace the front brakes or rear brakes. I can't find anything on replacing left or right side brakes at separate times.
    – mr_tuner
    Mar 17 '16 at 15:39
  • Agreed that both front together and both rear together is normal, but my garage doesn't give me that space. My driveway has steep slope up to garage so I don't want to stick half the car out to then try to work on a slope.
    – okorng
    Mar 17 '16 at 15:42
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    This is perfectly fine, and you are right to avoid things like changing them on your sloping driveway. It if doesn't feel safe don't do it. For longer term driving only changing one side can cause you to spin out when you apply the brakes a speed because one side grabs better. But if you are not driving faster than you walk then no worries.
    – Ukko
    Mar 17 '16 at 21:48

I'm going to assume you have a very good reason for not taking the other car out of the garage to give yourself more room...

People replace either the front or rear brakes together because they are "on the same axle" and replacing one side doesn't make sense because both sides should wear at the same rate. Replacing one side could make the car pull to one side or other strange behavior.

That said, I don't see any reason you can't change one side immediately before changing the other side. I wouldn't drive very much like that because how the brakes might react is hard to predict, but if you're literally just backing out and then back in - go for it.

Before backing up, make sure that the brakes have pressure. I'd hate for you to introduce air into the lines then try to back up and keep going because the brakes don't work!

  • you'll also have the advantage of being able to look at the other side, still assembled, for reference when reassembling the brakes. in fact, haynes manuals usually recommend doing each brake completely before moving on to the next brake for this reason. Jun 8 '18 at 14:14

I found two videos that may help to move the car into a better position to work with.

This should help with your workspace problem.

One video uses Gojaks and the other system uses something similar to furniture coasters.

Gojaks are useful for moving cars in and out tight spaces.

Park and Slide (Car coasters)




If your garage is large enough perhaps in the future you can use a system like the one in this video below. It's a car lift that places cars up towards a ceiling. Some are single lifts I think this one has two separate lifts.

Car storage lift


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    This doesn't answer the question the OP asked, and it doesn't seem right to just copy an entire webpage as an answer. I feel like this should be removed.
    – JPhi1618
    Mar 17 '16 at 15:59
  • @JPhi1618 There are two questions one was "Any problem doing one side and then the other instead of both front and then both rear?" If you disagree with my answer to this question I shall remove it. I have posted a few answers to questions so far and I have been told to post the website content in case the website is down or removed.
    – mr_tuner
    Mar 17 '16 at 16:05
  • You can edit your answer, but I think the direct copy is a problem. You can link to an external article and quote a few important, minimal parts, but then you should explain in your words why that is important and how it helps the OP with his question.
    – JPhi1618
    Mar 17 '16 at 16:11
  • And for the "post website content" comments... They mean to post the relevant excerpts from the site - not the whole page. And like I said, you should still provide your own supporting introduction and explanation for the source material.
    – JPhi1618
    Mar 17 '16 at 16:14
  • @JPhi1618 Should I post the website content if asked for it in other questions? I have been asked at least three or more times to post an entire article and not just leave the url. - Due to a website being down etc. Yes, I have explained in my own words before and the importance of the article.
    – mr_tuner
    Mar 17 '16 at 16:15

If you are just going to move the car to get into a better position to work on then this is fine.

One important thing to be aware of though is that if you have done anything which might allow air into the braking system eg disconnecting pistons or any other part of the brake hydraulics then the hydraulic brakes may not work at all well until you bleed them. So take great care and don't perform any maneuvers which require sharp braking and test that the handbrake/emergency brake works well beforehand and be ready to use it.

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