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: 5 of 10
Tools and Supplies Needed
Screw driver set
Replacement pads and rotors
Protective gloves and eye wear
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.)
After completing the job check the brake pedal operation. Because the system
was never opened, brake bleeding should not be necessary, but if the pedal is spongy,
bleed the brake system. Never operate a vehicle without normal brake pedal operation.
While driving the vehicle, listen for strange noises as this is an indication of
a problem in which repairs will need to be performed. Inspect brake fluid levels
in the brake master cylinder. Brake pad design configuration may vary slightly,
but the concept is the same.
A rear caliper reset tool is necessary for parking brake integrated systems.
The reset tool screws the piston back into the caliper. These calipers cannot be
compressed with a clamping tool, it can only be reset with the reset tool. A locator
slot is used on the inboard piston, which is fitted into a peg located on the backing
plate of the pad. Rear disc brake pads offer improved performance and are not affected
by moisture like conventional
Brake pads wear down making a grinding noise.
Caliper slides lock up, not allowing the caliper move causing premature
Inferior parts squeak, grumble and prematurely wear.