Parts needed for a Full Brake Service of an Aston Martin DB9

If you drive your DB9 (or Vantage) regularly eventually you will need to service the brakes.  I started the process for my car by writing up an article about all the details of the braking system (read it here).   In another article I’ve covered the details of how to inspect your brakes to check if the pads, rotors, calipers and wear sensors are in good condition (read it here).  Based on that inspection if you’ve found that you only need to change your brake pads, I’ve created a separate article just covering that (read it here).  If you need to change more than you pads, then this article is next up for you.   I wanted to cover the parts and supplies you should round up before you do a Full Brake Service. Continue reading “Parts needed for a Full Brake Service of an Aston Martin DB9”

EBC Red Stuff Brake Pads SUCK for Street use in an Aston Martin DB9

“Squeeeeeaaaaaallllll”   “Squeeeaaaal”   “Squeal”   You better get used to that noise if you are looking to run a set of EBC Red Stuff brake pads in your DB9.   During my recent full brake service I figured I’d try something new instead of running another set of Porterfield R4-S pads.  I looked around at the various options, and found the EBC Red Stuff pads were a fair bit cheaper, so I bought a set off Amazon.  The savings were notable, about $250 USD for both sets of front and rears vs. $370 buying Porterfield’s.  Big mistake – and one you can now avoid making. Continue reading “EBC Red Stuff Brake Pads SUCK for Street use in an Aston Martin DB9”

Replacing the Brake Pads in an Aston Martin DB9 or Vantage

The Brakes are arguably the most important part of your DB9.  Our lives depend on them working properly.   Inspecting their condition periodically is necessary to catch a developing condition before it degrades braking performance.

If you’ve inspected your Brakes in your DB9 (read my article about this) and discovered that you only need to change the brake pads (your rotors and wear sensors are still fine) the process of changing only the pads is pretty straight forward.   I think anyone comfortable working on their car can manage this without needing to take the car to a dealership. Continue reading “Replacing the Brake Pads in an Aston Martin DB9 or Vantage”

Inspecting the Brakes in an Aston Martin DB9 or Vantage

Regularly inspecting the brakes on your DB9 should be part of your routine service, same as changing the oil.  I would suggest it’s a bad idea to “Forget about them until something breaks”.  In fact, this is so important it’s part of the official Aston Martin 1 year and 2 year service regimes.   We all grouse about the cost of dealer service, but the fact is part of that time (and $$$) is well spent inspecting things we might skip since we are uninformed.  If you are going to take care of your Aston yourself, this is a procedure you should get good at, you’ll be doing it each year.

I am doing this as part of my larger series on a complete brake service.   How do you know if you need a complete brake service?   You inspect your brakes and find something indicating it’s necessary.  This article will tell you how. Continue reading “Inspecting the Brakes in an Aston Martin DB9 or Vantage”

Everything about Servicing the Brakes on an Aston Martin DB9 or Vantage

We all relish in the V12 sound and power of the DB9, but equally important (to our lives) is the ability to haul the nearly 2 tons (3,968 pounds or 1800 Kgs) to a halt.  The DB9 is equipped with some of the best brakes in the industry, and the good news is that servicing them is much the same as working on any average car.   You can take your car to an Aston Martin dealership or really any competent brake shop to get the work done, but at a price to be sure.  I would suggest that you can just as effectively service most any aspect of your brake system yourself as long as you have a modicum of mechanic skills.   In this article and those to follow I plan on taking you through how to inspect your brakes and do a full service if necessary. Continue reading “Everything about Servicing the Brakes on an Aston Martin DB9 or Vantage”

Bleeding the Brakes on an Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin DB9 Front BrakeYou may need to bleed the brakes on your DB9 for several reasons like replacing a caliper, a cracked hose, or as part of changing the brake fluid every year with the annual service (which is what I am doing).

Brake fluid is hygroscopic – which means it absorbs water, even out of the air.  The potential for water in the brake lines is bad mojo, so Aston Martin requires that all the brake fluid is changed as part of every annual service. Continue reading “Bleeding the Brakes on an Aston Martin DB9”