Changing the brake pads on a Nissan is a relatively simple job and can be done as part of a regular maintenance schedule to ensure your car’s brakes are working safely and effectively. Although there may be slight variations in the process depending on the specific model of car, the following step-by-step guide covers the basics of brake pad replacement for most Nissan vehicles.
First, you will need to loosen the lug nuts on your wheels before raising your car with a lift or a jack. Once the car is raised, it’s time to remove the wheels. Refer to your user’s manual for exact instructions as the specific model of your car will determine exactly how the wheels are removed.
Once the wheels are removed, you can then gain access to your brake calipers. The brake calipers, which house the brake pads, are typically located near the center of the wheel. Once you have located the calipers, use a flat-headed screwdriver to remove the retaining pins from the back of the caliper.
Once the caliper is removed, you can then use a C-spanner to unthread the brake pads from the inside of the caliper, slide them out, and then discard them. Now, you’re ready to fit the new brake pads.
Fit the new brake pads into the caliper, positioning them correctly so that the grooves fit around the brake disc. You may need to apply a little bit of brake lubricant onto the brake pads and the caliper to ensure they fit together properly. Once they are fitted, use a C-spanner again to thread them into their fit securely.
Before reinstalling the caliper, make sure to check the condition of the rotor. If the rotor has any visible rust, dirt, or other buildup, use a rag to remove this before putting the caliper back into place.
Finally, with the calipers and brake pad fitted, and the rotor cleaned, you can now place the wheels back onto the car and lower the car back off the jack. Then, with your jack, lift the car on each corner and retighten the lug nuts. Repeat this process with each wheel until all four wheels are securely in place.
Now, you’re ready to test out your new brakes and make sure they’re working properly. To do this, we recommend taking your car for a short test drive and gradually applying the brakes several times to make sure the brakes are operating effectively.
Following this step-by-step guide should make brake pad replacement for your Nissan as hassle-free as possible. However, if you don’t feel confident tackling this job yourself, visit a professional service centre for help.