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Nissan Pathfinder Rear Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the rear disc brake pads on a 4th generation 2013-2016 Nissan Pathfinder including the part numbers.

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2016 Pathfinder Rear Wheel
Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
Raise Rear of Vehicle
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and most likely also the new 2017 model year) Nissan Pathfinder SUV in changing the rear disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Sentra, Murano, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement sets of new rear brake pads with their part numbers include the following: Akebono ACT905, Bosch BC905, ACDelco 14D905CH, Hawk Performance HB370F.559, Dura International BP905, Centric 105.0905, Wagner ZD905, StopTech 309.09050, Raybestos ATD905C and Power Stop (16-905) Z16 Ceramic.

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 or a 14mm wrench, a "C" or "F" clamp and a tube of synthetic brake parts lubricant grease.

Spin Off 5 Lug Nuts
Five Lug Nuts Removed
Rear Rotor, Bracket, Caliper
The first two steps are to park the SUV on a level surface and then turn off the ignition.

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

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts on the rear wheel by rotating them counterclockwise about a 1/4 to 1/2 turn with the tire iron.

Raise the rear of the SUV with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

I prefer to work on one side of the car at a time to keep three wheels on the ground for extra safety.

Spin off the five lug nuts in the counterclockwise direction. I used a 13/16" socket attached to a short extension bar to make the process a bit easier.

Set the five lug nuts aside in a safe place.

Pull off the rear wheel to reveal the rotor, bracket, caliper and suspension.

Rear Brake Caliper
Loosen Top Caliper Bolt
14mm Wrench - Lower Bolt
The rear brake caliper is held in place to the bracket by two bolts located on the back side of the caliper with the bolt heads facing in towards the center of the SUV.

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

Then loosen the lower caliper bolt with a 14mm wrench. I wasn't able to get my 14mm socket over the lower caliper bolt since their is a suspension bar in the way.

Remove Bolt / Slider Pin
Blocked By Suspension Bar
Swing Off Rear Caliper
Spin out the top caliper bolt which also acts as the caliper slider pin.

The bottom caliper bolt / slider pin can't be fully removed due to the suspension bar being in the way.

If you'd like to remove the lower caliper bolt / pin or you'd like to replace the rotor, you'll have to loosen or remove the two bracket bolts.

For a simple pad replacement, just swing the caliper off the old pads and towards the front of the SUV.

Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
Remove Outer Pad
Attach Clamp To Caliper
Pull the old inner and outer brake pads out of the bracket.

Make a mental note of where the wear indicator bar or "squeal" bar is situated on the old pads.

On this 2016 Pathfinder SV, the wear indicator bar was located at the top of the inner brake pad.

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

Twist Off Brake Fluid Cap
Compress Caliper Piston
Replace Brake Fluid Cap
Move to the right rear area of the engine bay and twist off the brake fluid reservoir cap in the counterclockwise direction.

Removing the reservoir cap will allow the brake fluid to more easily travel back through the lines when you retract the caliper piston.

Slowly turn the "C" or "F" clamp handle in the clockwise direction until the caliper piston is almost flush with the rubber dust boot surrounding it.

Repeatedly check the brake fluid in the reservoir to make sure that it doesn't over flow. Clean up any spilled brake fluid immediately, since it can easily damage painted surfaces.

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

Replace the reservoir cap as soon as possible since brake fluid is "hygroscopic" which means it easily absorbs moisture from the air. Twist the cap on in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Thoroughly clean off the brake rotor, caliper bracket, brake caliper assembly and the lug nut studs with brake parts cleaner spray. Do not use compressed air or blow with your mouth to clean off the brake parts since inhaling brake dust can be harmful to your health. Brake dust may be carcinogenic (causes cancer) if inhaled.

Apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant to any area where there is metal to metal contact such as the outer lip of the caliper piston. Do not apply brake caliper grease to the friction surface of the new pads.

 If your Pathfinder previously exhibited shuddering, pulsations, or vibrations in the rear end during braking, you may need to have your rotors "turned" (resurfaced) or just replace them with brand new rotors. If this is the first rear brake job on your SUV and the rotors appear to be in excellent condition, you should be able to just replace the pads with great results.

To remove the existing rotors and install new ones, remove the two bolts on the rear of the caliper bracket that attach it to the steering knuckle. Then loosen the old rotor with a rubber mallet, pull it off, and slide the new one in its place. (The torque value specification for the caliper bracket bolts is 62 lb-ft.)


Replace Pad Abutment Clips
Lubricate Slider Pins
Install New Outer Pad
If your new set of rear brake pads included replacement brake hardware, pull the old pad abutment or "anti-rattle" clips out of the top and bottom of the bracket.

Apply some brake caliper grease to the new pad abutment clips where they will come in contact with the new pads or the bracket.

Push the new pad abutment clips in to the top and bottom of the bracket. Make sure they are fully seated in place.

In order for the caliper to operate smoothly the smooth part of the two combination caliper bolts / slider pins (or "guide bolts") need to be well lubricated.

Apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant grease to the smooth part of the top and bottom caliper slider pins.

(Just do your best to lubricate the visible part of the lower caliper slider pin since it can't be fully removed with out removing the bracket.)

Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
Push Pads Against Rotor
Replace Top Pin / Bolt
Install the new brake pads in to the bracket with the wear indicator bar situated at the top of the inner brake pad.

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

Push in the caliper slider bolts / pins and rotate them a few turns by hand in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the car) to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Spin In Bottom Pin / Bolt
Tighten Lower Bolt
Tighten Upper 14mm Bolt
Tighten the two bolts by turning them counterclockwise (as seen from the outside of the SUV) to just past hand tight or about 32 lb-ft of torque.

(If you removed the bracket bolts, tighten them to 62 lb-ft of torque.)

Double check that the caliper bolts are tight before moving on to the next steps.

Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
Replace Wheel & Lug Nuts
Slightly Tighten Clockwise
If your brake pedal has been feeling soft or spongy, the brake fluid may be contaminated with water or the brake lines may contain some air bubbles.

It would be best to bleed the brake lines at this time in order to flush out the old fluid and replace it with fresh DOT 3 brake fluid. For more on this topic, check out my Brake Line Fluid Bleeding With An Assistant DIY Guide or alternatively the Brake Line Fluid Bleeding With A Power Bleeder Guide.

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

Replace the rear wheel and spin on the five lug nuts by hand a few turns in the clockwise direction to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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

Lower From Jack Stands
Torque To 83 lb-ft
Rear Brake Pads Replaced
Carefully lower the SUV from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Continue tightening the lug nuts in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight or 83 lb-ft of torque.

It would be best to use a torque wrench or an electric impact wrench with a torque stick to make sure that the lug nuts are properly tightened.

Sit in the driver's seat of the vehicle and pump the brake pedal a few times to restore the brake line pressure. Check the brake fluid in the reservoir and verify that it is at the proper level. If it is low, pour in some new DOT 3 fluid.

To break in your new rear brake pads, just drive normally for the first few hundred miles while trying to avoid making any hard or "panic" stops which may glaze over the new pads and cause them to become noisy and not perform as well.

It's also a good idea to regularly check your driveway, garage or parking spot for drops of fresh brake fluid which may indicate a leak, check the brake fluid level in the reservoir and also verify that the lug nuts are still tight.

For more, check out all of my 2013-2016 Nissan Pathfinder DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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