Mechanics

Brake Pad and Rotor Replacement - Rear

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Step by step instructions on how to replace automotive rear brake pads and rotors. This article pertains to all rear disc brake vehicles.

Difficulty Scale: 4 of 10

Tools and Supplies Needed

  • Socket set
  • Wrench set
  • Screw driver set
  • Replacement pads and rotors
  • Shop towels
  • Brake grease
  • Hammer
  • Hydraulic jack
  • Jack stands
  • Protective gloves and eyewear

Begin with the vehicle on level ground, in park and the engine off and safely lifted in the air to perform a brake service.


Step 1
- After the vehicle is safely lifted into the air, remove the lug nut covers. (Step does not pertain to every vehicle.)


Remove Lug Nut Cover

Step 2 - Once the lug nut cover is removed, a lug wrench or socket can be used can loosen the wheel lugs.


Lug Nut Cover Removed

Step 3 - Next, loosen and remove the wheel lug nuts. (Note: If air impact wrench is not used, loosen the lug nuts one turn while the vehicle is still on the ground.)


Remove Lug Nuts

Step 4 - Then, grasp the tire and lift from wheel studs and axle flange.


Removing Tire

Step 5 - Using a pair of dikes remove the rotor retainer clip which is used in initial assembly and will not be reinstalled.


Remove Rotor Retainer Clip

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35 years in the automotive repair field, ASE Master Technician, Advanced Electrical and Mechanical Theory.


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Article first published (Updated 2014-07-29)