Installing New Rear Brake Pads - Part 2

Toyota Brake Illustration

This article is the second part of a series about how to replace your Toyota's brake pads. In part 1, we explained how to determine if your brake pads need changing and how to remove the old brake pads.

General Steps For Replacing Brake Pads

Before you replace the brake pads on your Toyota, remember that you will want to replace the old shims and pad mounting hardware. Reusing the old shims and hardware can cause the new pads to squeal. Look here to find the OEM brake hardware you need.

  1. Use a lever to push the caliper piston back into the caliper. (On some vehicles, you may need a piston caliper tool to turn the caliper piston clockwise while pressing it into the caliper bore.)
  2. Place the shims on the outside of each brake pad and insert the pads into the caliper bracket.
  3. Place the caliper over the brake pads.
  4. Insert and tighten the caliper mounting bolts.
  5. Replace the wheel and lower the car to the ground.

Once the car is on the ground, start it and pump the brake pedal a few times to seat the pads and check the brake pressure.

Model-Specific Info On Changing Brake Pads

In addition to the above steps for installing new brake pads, you can check out the following links for articles with more model-specific information:

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