Toyota Sienna Maintenance - Change Brake Pads

The Toyota Sienna needs regular maintenance like any other vehicle and this maintenance includes the brakes. If your brakes are squeaking or grinding, it is probably time to change them. Here’s how. 

Toyota Sienna Maintenance - Change Brake Pads

Are your Toyota Sienna brake pads squeaking or grinding? Replace them today. Here is how to do it.

Before you begin this repair on your own, you will want to make sure you have ample workspace and time. Plus, make sure you have a full complement of automotive tools at your disposal. By taking your time and having the right tools/workspace, this job is fairly straightforward. Rushing, working in a dim/cramped space, or not having the right tools can cause this repair to turn into a nightmare.

Once you have everything ready to go, remember safety first. Make sure you park your Toyota Sienna on a level piece of ground and you use the parking brakes. Lastly, if you need to order new brake pads, you can do that here. Click the image for a more detailed video.

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The Repair

In order to do this repair, you will need a floor jack or hydraulic pump, jack stands, an assortment of sockets, and a torque wrench. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Loosen the lug nuts and lift the van into the air with the floor jack or hydraulic pump. Make sure you support it with jack stands.
  2. Remove the tires and set aside the lug nuts.
  3. Find the brake caliper and remove it by supporting the sliding pin and undoing the bolt.
  4. Don’t drop the brake caliper and instead support it with either a mechanic wire, shirt hanger, or some other way. If you allow it to dangle, it might snap the brake line which would cause a lot bigger problem.
  5. Remove the two anti-squeal springs, the old brake pads, four anti-squeal shims, and the four support plates.
  6. After the old parts are removed, put in the new parts starting with the brake pad support plates.
  7. Then, place a pad wear gauge plate to each brake pad. Also, replace the anti-squeal shims and support plates. Finally, add an anti-squeal compound to each side of the inner shim.
  8. Push the brake caliper back together with either a C-clamp with an old brake pad or a special tool.
  9. Once, the caliper is compressed, install the new brake pads with the pad wear indicator facing up.
  10. Now, place the caliper back on the rotor and attach the sliding main pin. Use your torque wrench and tighten to 25 foot-pounds.
  11. Replace the tires and lower the Sienna back to the ground.
  12. Next, climb into the driver’s seat and apply the brakes. They will feel soft and you will need to pump them a few times. Your brakes should return to normal.
  13. Check the brake fluid before completing this repair. Quite often, you will lose some, or you may have let some out during the process.

Congrats! You just changed the brakes in your Toyota Sienna.