I have a friend who owns this 2005 Toyota 4 Runner and it is in need of rear brakes. After inspection of the rotors it seems that the only thing that this truck really needs is a new set of rear brake pads. This is how you change them.
First, we need to get the rear wheels off the ground, since I do the work in my driveway I do this one at a time. Find a good jack point underneath the vehicle and lift it so that some of the weight has been lifted off the wheel.
Pry off the Toyota emblem on the rear wheel. Use the lug wrench that comes with the vehicle to do this, it has the pry tool on the end of it. If you look at the hub, you will see the spot where the tool slides into and you can just pop it off.
Break the lugs with the lug wrench that comes with the vehicle. You can use a 4 way or any other wrench that fits the lug nuts but the one that comes with the vehicle is the right size!
Once you have broken the lugs, lift the tire off the ground and remove the lugs.
Take the wheel off, this will expose the brake rotor and caliper.
Remove the two 17mm bolts that hold the brake caliper on the brake pad bracket.
Once the two bolts are removed, you should be able to pull the caliper away from the bracket.
Use a C-Clamp to push the brake caliper piston back into its bore. I like to use a little bit of grease on the rubber fitting to avoid any binding issues when pushing the piston back in.
Once the piston is pushed back in, you can move onto the next step which is to remove the old brake pads. They should simply slide back out of the carrier bracket. You will also want to replace the brake hardware as well to avoid any squeaking or other annoying brake issues.
Snap in the new brake hardware. They only go in one way so pay attention to what you are doing. You don’t want to put them on backwards since doing so may cause scraping on the brake rotor. Not only will that cause damage to the rotor but it will be loud and squeaky!
Put in the new brake pads. The just slide right in the same way they came out. As you can see in these pictures, I used a little bit of grease on the brake hardware to facilitate smooth brake motion. This is not really necessary but it helped slide the brake pads into place.
You now need to re-attach the caliper. This should just slide right over the brake pads. Line up the bolt holes to the bracket and slide the bolts in. Pay attention to the rubber boots that the bolts slide through so that you don’t pinch or bend them.
Pay attention to the rubber boots!
Now all you need to do is tighten up the brake caliper bolts and you are done! Except of course putting the wheel back on and lowering the truck…….