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Kia Soul Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on a second generation 2014 to 2019 Kia Soul with the part numbers.

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2019 Soul Front Wheel
Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
Raise Front of Vehicle
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 model years) Kia Soul in changing the front disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Kia, Hyundai or Genesis vehicles such as the Niro, Sportage, Sedona, Telluride, Sorento, Rio, Forte, Optima, K900, Cadenza, Stinger, Tucson, Santa Fe, Kona, Palisade, Elantra, Sonata, Accent, Veloster, Ioniq, Nexo, Venue, G70, G80 and G90 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few replacement sets of new front brake pads for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Soul models with their part numbers include the following: Bosch BE1397H, Wagner ZD1397, Bendix CFC1397K1 and ACDelco 17D1397CH.

Some compatible front brake pads for the revised, updated or "facelifted" 2017, 2018 and 2019 Soul model years are as follows: Callahan CPK01400, Dynamic Friction Company 1551-1855-00 and Centric 105.60200.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include a lug nut wrench, a floor jack, two jack stands, a 14mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratchet, a 17mm wrench, an "F" clamp and a tube of brake caliper grease.

The first few steps are to park the vehicle on a level surface, shift the transmission into "Park" and turn off the ignition.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and place wheel chocks on both sides of the rear tires to prevent the car from moving.

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts on the front wheel by turning them about 1/4 to 1/2 turn in the counterclockwise direction with tire iron. You could also use a 21mm socket or a 13/16" socket with a 1/2" drive breaker bar or ratchet.

Carefully raise the front of the car with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

Please do not solely rely on the floor jack to support the vehicle!


Spin Off Five Lug Nuts
5 Lug Nuts Removed
Rotor, Bracket, Caliper
I prefer to only work on one side of the car at a time to keep three tires on the ground for extra safety.

Spin off the five lug nuts in the counterclockwise direction and set them aside in a safe place.

Carefully remove the front wheel and tire to reveal the rotor, bracket, caliper and suspension.

Set the front wheel and tire aside in a safe place.

Two Rotor Set Screws
Front Disc Brake Caliper
Loosen Top Caliper Bolt
(If you plan on replacing the rotors, you'll have to remove the two caliper bracket bolts along with the two Phillips head set screws on the outer face of the rotor near the lug studs.)

The front brake caliper is held in place to the bracket by two bolts situated on the back side of the caliper. The bolt heads face in towards the engine bay.

Loosen the top caliper bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Loosen Bottom Bolt
Spin Out Upper Bolt
Remove Lower Bolt
Then loosen the bottom caliper bolt by also turning it in the clockwise direction (when viewed from the outside of the car) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Spin out the two caliper bolts the rest of the way by hand.

Two Bolts Removed
Lift Caliper Off Pads
Rest Caliper On Rotor
Set the two caliper mounting bolts aside in a safe place.

Carefully lift the caliper off the old pads and out of the bracket.

Rest the caliper on the rotor or suspend it from the suspension spring with a bungee cord or some twine.

Try to avoid bending, kinking, stressing or pulling on the rubber brake fluid hose.

Two "W" Spring Clips
Remove Top Spring Clip
Remove Bottom Clip
Remove the two "W" or "V" shaped metal spring clips off the outer edge of the old brake pads.

Set the clips aside in a safe place. If your new brake pads are equipped with the mounting holes, they can be re-installed later on. Your new pads might also come with new spring clips.

2 Spring Clips Removed
Remove Old Inner Pad
Push Down Metal Tab
Pull the old inner and outer brake pads out of the bracket..

If you have trouble removing the old pads from the bracket, use a flat head screwdriver to gently bend down the metal tabs on the pad abutment clips that may prevent the old pads from being removed.

Remove Old Outer Pad
Pad Abutment Clips
Replace Abutment Clip
Make a mental note of where the wear indicator bar or "squeal" bar is situated on the old pads.

On this 2019 Soul, the wear indicator bar was located at the top of the inner brake pad.

If your new set of front brake pads includes a bag of replacement hardware, pull the old pad abutment clips or "anti-rattle" clips out of the top and bottom of the bracket.

Apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant grease to the top and bottom of the new pad abutment clips where they will come in contact with the new brake pads or the bracket.

Clean off the bracket, caliper, rotor and lug studs with brake parts cleaner spray.

Try to avoid breathing in the brake dust or the brake parts cleaner spray since they could be carcinogenic (cancer causing).

Push the new pad abutment clips into the top and bottom of the bracket.

Make sure the pad abutment clips are fully seated in the bracket.


Top Caliper Slider Pin
Lubricate & Replace Pins
Attach "F" Clamp
In order for the caliper to operate smoothly, the two caliper slider pins or "guide bolts" need to be well lubricated.

Pull one of the caliper slider pins straight out of the rubber boot attached to the bracket.

Avoid mixing up the upper and lower caliper slider pins since they are slightly different.

Apply a thin layer of brake caliper grease to the pin and then re-insert it.

Rotate the pin around a few times and push in it and out to help spread the grease.

Repeat the process for the second pin.

In order for the caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, the caliper piston needs to be compressed back.

Attach the "F" clamp to the caliper and use the back of an old brake pad to evenly distribute the pressure across the piston.

Move to the engine bay and locate the brake fluid reservoir bottle situated behind the 12V automotive battery and in front of the cowl by the windshield.

Twist Off Reservoir Cap
Compress Caliper Pistons
Replace Brake Fluid Cap
Twist off the brake fluid reservoir cap in the counterclockwise direction and set it aside in a safe place.

Removing the reservoir cap will allow the brake fluid to more easily travel back through the lines while you are compressing back the caliper piston.

Slowly turn the handle on the "F" clamp in the clockwise direction to push back the caliper piston.

Repeatedly check the fluid level in the reservoir tank to make sure it doesn't overflow.

Continue compressing the caliper piston until it is just about flush with the rubber dust boot that surrounds it.

Try to avoid pinching or damaging the rubber dust boot that surrounds the piston.

If your Soul has been exhibiting shuddering, shaking or harsh vibrations in the front end while braking, the old OEM rotors may be warped and should be replaced with new front rotors.

Two compatible aftermarket rotors with their part numbers are as follows: Centric 121.51044 and DuraGo BR901096-02.

To replace the rotors, remove the two 17mm caliper bracket bolts and pull off the bracket, remove the two Phillips head set screws on the rotor. Slide the old rotor straight off the wheel hub and lug studs.

If you have trouble removing a stuck or "frozen" rotor, hit it a few times with a rubber mallet to loosen any rust or debris.

Slide the new rotor into place, replace the two set screw and re-attach the caliper bracket with the two 17mm bolts.

If you have a torque wrench, tighten the two 17mm bracket bolts to the service manual specification of 57.9 to 72.3 lb-ft of torque (78.5 - 98.1 N.m).

Install New Outer Pad
Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
Push Pads Against Rotor
Install the new inner and outer brake pads into the bracket.

The wear indicator bar should be situated at the top of the inner brake pad.

Push the two pads together until they are flush against the rotor.

Re-Attach "W" Clips
Lower Caliper Over Pads
Spin In Bottom Bolt
If your new brake pads are equipped with the small holes on the outer edge, re-install the two "W" shaped metal spring clips.

The spring clips help spread the pads away from the rotor to reduce friction and increase fuel economy when the car is coasting and you are not actively braking.

Carefully lower the caliper over the new pads and into the bracket.

Line up the bolt holes in the caliper with their corresponding holes in the slider pins within the bracket.

Spin In Top Caliper Bolt
Tighten Lower Bolt
Tighten Top Caliper Bolt
Spin in the two caliper bolts a few turns by hand in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the car) to help prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the two caliper bolts with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight.

If you have a torque wrench, tighten the two caliper bolts to the service manual specification of 15.9 to 23.1 lb-ft of torque.

Wrench - Hold Slider Pin
Rubber Valve Cap
Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
If the caliper slider pins moves as you are attempting to tighten the caliper bolts, hold it in place with an open ended 17mm wrench.

Double check that the two caliper bolts (and the bracket bolts) are tight before moving on to the next steps.

If your brake pedal has been feeling soft or spongy, the brake fluid in the lines might contain some air bubbles or moisture. It would be best to bleed the brake fluid at this time and replace it with fresh fluid.

I recommend using the Allstar Performance Bleeder Bottle since it makes bleeding the brake lines an easy one person job.

Check out my Acura MDX Brake Line Bleeding Guide for more information on this topic and how to use the bleeder bottle.

The brake fluid bleeder valve is located on the back side of the caliper just below the top caliper bolt.

You'll need a 10mm wrench to open and close the brake fluid bleeder valves.

Replace Front Wheel
Spin On Five Lug Nuts
Slightly Tighten Lug Nuts
Carefully push the front wheel back into place over the lug studs.

Spin on the five lug nuts a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to help prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Slightly tighten the lug nuts with the tire iron in the clockwise direction in a criss-cross or "star" pattern.

Lower Car From Stands
Torque Lug Nuts
Front Brake Job Done
Carefully lower the car from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Continue tightening the lug nuts in a criss-cross or star pattern to about 1/8th of a turn past hand tight.

It would be best to use a torque wrench to tighten the lug nuts to the owner's manual specification of 65.1 to 79.6 lb-ft of torque.

Check the brake fluid level in the reservoir and if necessary, pour in some new DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid until it reaches the "MAX" (maximum or full) line.

Sit in the driver's seat and firmly pump the brake pedal several times to restore the brake line pressure.

Take the car for a short test drive and listen closely for any strange noises that might indicate a problem.

It would also be a good idea to check your driveway, garage or parking spot for drops of fresh brake fluid during the next few days and make sure that the lug nuts are still tight after your next trip.

Don't forget to write down the brake pad change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, please check out all of my 2014-2019 Kia Soul DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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