2005 Toyota Corolla Brake Job

I have to say, this is probably the easiest brake job that I’ve ever done!  Nothing was hard or gave me an issue and the rotors just slid off like a GM car does.  Usually with the foreign cars the rotors are knock offs and you have to hit them with a ball peen hammer, but not this time!  This is my friends 2005 Toyota Corolla S and he purchased the brakes, brake pads and rotors, straight from Amazon, you can too by clicking the pictures below!

This post will tell you how to change brake pads and rotors on a 2005 Toyota Corolla.

The first thing you need to do is take the wheel off, as stated in other posts of mine where removal of the wheel is necessary, I like to break the lug nuts while the wheel is on the ground.  Then I jack the car up and remove the wheel completely.  This exposes the brake caliper and the rotor.

Break the lugs while the tire is on the ground.

Break the lugs while the tire is on the ground.

Exposed Brake Rotor and Caliper

Exposed Brake Rotor and Caliper

Use a 14MM socket to remove the two bolts that hold the brake caliper piston to the brake pad mounting bracket.

Remove the 14mm Brake Caliper Bolts

Remove the 14mm Brake Caliper Bolts

Move the brake caliper out of the way.  I hung it on the suspension.

2005 Toyota Corolla Brake Caliper Removed

Remove the brake pads from the brake pad mount and use a 17MM socket to remove the two bolts that hold the brake pad mount in place.

Remove these old pads!

Remove these old pads!

Pads Removed!

Pads Removed!

Exposed Brake Rotor ready for removal.

Exposed Brake Rotor ready for removal.

Remove the brake rotor, I was ready with a ball peen hammer but the rotor slid right off!

Brake rotor removed!

Brake rotor removed!

Remove the old brake hardware from the brake pad mounting bracket and replace with the supplied brake hardware.  Once the brake hardware was in place I used a little bit of lube, also supplied with the brake pads, to lubricate the brake pad hardware.  This allows the brake pads to slide easily back and forth and prevents squeaking.

Remove The Brake Hardware

Remove The Brake Hardware

And Replace with the new hardware.

And Replace with the new hardware.

Clean the new brake rotor with brake clean or some other kind of oil residue remover.  You want to get the shipping oil off of the brake rotor.  I used throttle body cleaner to remove the residue because that’s what I had.

Pick Up the brake rotor by the center and clean the oil residue off.

Pick Up the brake rotor by the center and clean the oil residue off.

2005 Toyota Corolla Brake Rotor Cleaning

Slide the new rotor on to the studs.

2005 Toyota Corolla Brake Rotor installed

I also use some of the lube from the brake pads to lubricate the rubber brake piston sleeve to prevent it from binding when I push it back into its bore.

Put some brake lube on the black rubber part

Put some brake lube on the black rubber part

Use a giant C clamp and push the caliper piston back into its bore.

2005 Toyota Corolla Brake Caliper Piston Return

Piston Back in its bore

Piston Back in its bore

Now you will be re-assembling the entire brake system.  Put some anti-seize compound on the brake pad mounting bracket bolts and bolt up the bracket.  Since the brake rotors slid right onto the studs and was free floating, it took a little finesse to get the brake pad mounting bracket to line up correctly.

Put the brake pads into position.  I like to put some lube on the back side of the brake pads to create a seal between the caliper and the pads.  This is done to prevent brake squeaking.

Lube the back side of the brake pad

Lube the back side of the brake pad

Brake Pad mounting bracket with brake pads installed

Brake Pad mounting bracket with brake pads installed

Slide the brake caliper over the brake pads and tighten the mounting bolts.  I also put anti-seize compound on these bolts so I can get them out the next time around.

Slide the brake caliper over the brake pads

Slide the brake caliper over the brake pads

Finally, put the wheel on the studs and tighten the lug nuts.  I usually get them as tight as I can by hand and then lower the car so the tire touches the ground and then tighten them all the way.  Once all the lug nuts are tight, lower the car all the way and remove the jack.

The last thing you will want to do is break in the brake pads.  This is done by bringing the car to various speeds and slamming on the brakes.  I usually do two stops from 20mph, then 2 from 30mpg, and then two or more from above 40mpg.  I try to get at least one good stop from above 55mph as well.  You may see some smoke from the new pads while performing this procedure and that is ok.  The next time you bring the car out it will be fine.  The smoke is just from heating up the brakes doing the brake in.

 

 

 

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