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Nissan Qashqai / Rogue Sport Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on a 2nd generation 2014 to 2021 Nissan Qashqai or Rogue Sport.

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2020 Qashqai Front Wheel
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Pull Off Wheel Cover
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Hub Cap Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Nissan Qashqai and the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport (USA) in changing the front disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins. Plus instructions for changing the rotors if necessary.

Owners of other Nissan, Infiniti or related Renault vehicles such as the Rogue, X-Trail, Note, Versa, Altima, Maxima, Sentra, Juke, Kicks, Murano, Pathfinder, Armada, Frontier, Titan, Quest, NV200, Q50, Q60, QX50, QX60, QX80 and Renault Kadjar may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement sets of new front brake pads with their part numbers are as follows: Power Stop 16-1737, Centric 105.17370, ACDelco 17D1737CH, Wagner QC1737 and TRW TPC1737.

Please verify the correct replacement brake pads for your vehicle by using the Amazon Part Finder website. The compatible part numbers may vary depending on your SUV's model year, trim level, transmission type and where it was manufactured.

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, an "F" clamp and a tube of brake caliper grease.

The first few steps are to drive the SUV on to 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 help prevent the vehicle from moving.

If your SUV has plastic wheel covers, gently pull the cover or "hub cap" straight off the front wheel. Set the cover aside in a safe place.



 

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Five Lug Nuts Exposed
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Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
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Raise Front of SUV
I prefer to only work on one side of the vehicle at a time to keep three tires on the ground for extra safety.

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts on the front wheel by turning them about 1/2 turn in the counterclockwise direction with the tire iron.

Carefully raise the front of the vehicle by using 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!

If you are using the scissor style floor jack that was included with the SUV, place it under the pinch weld to raise the vehicle.

If you are using an aftermarket trolley with a pump handle, raise the SUV from under the frame rail.

With both types of floor jacks, the jack stands should be placed under the frame rail. Do not place the jack stands under the pinch weld since it could be bent and/or damaged.

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Spin Off Lug Nuts
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5 Lug Nuts Removed
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Rotor, Bracket, Caliper
Spin off the five lug nuts in the counterclockwise direction.

Set the lug nuts aside in a safe place.

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

Some home mechanics choose to place the wheel and tire under the vehicle as an emergency / backup support device.

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Loosen Top Caliper Bolt
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Loosen Bottom Bolt
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Spin Out Upper Bolt
The front brake caliper is held in place to the bracket (also known as the "torque member") by two bolts situated on the back side of the caliper with the bolt heads facing in towards the engine bay.

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

Then loosen the bottom caliper bolt by also turning it in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the SUV) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

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

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Remove Lower Bolt
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Two Bolts Removed
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Pull Off Brake Caliper
Set the two caliper bolts aside in a safe place.

Carefully lift the caliper off the old brake pads and out of the bracket (or "torque member").

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

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Rest Caliper On Rotor
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Remove Old Inner Pad
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Wear Indicator Bar Top
Rest the caliper on the rotor or suspend it from the suspension spring with a bungee cord or some twine.

Pull the old inner pad out of the bracket.

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

On this 2020 Qashqai, the wear indicator bar was located at the top of the inner brake pad.

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Remove Old Outer Pad
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Bracket (Torque Member)
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Pad Abutment Clips
Remove the old outer pad from the bracket.

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

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Replace Abutment Clips
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Bottom Slider Pin
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Lubricate & Replace Pins
Apply a small amount of brake parts lubricant grease to the top and bottom of the new pad abutment clips where they will come into contact with the bracket or the new pads.

Avoid getting any grease on to the friction surface of the rotor or the friction surface of the new pads.

In order for the caliper to operate smoothly, the two caliper slider pins must be well lubricated.

Do NOT mix up the top and bottom slide pins since they are slightly different.

Remove one pin at a time from its protective rubber dust boot, apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant grease to the smooth part of the pin and then push it back into the boot.


Rotor Replacement Instructions

If your SUV has been exhibiting shuddering, shaking or vibrating in the front end when you step on the brake pedal, the old rotors might be warped or worn out and they should be replaced with new rotors.

To change the rotors, loosen the two bolts on the back side of the caliper bracket (also known as the "torque member" in the service manual) with a 19mm socket and a 3/8" or 1/2" drive ratchet.

If you are looking towards the vehicle at the outer face of the rotor, you would turn the bolts in the clockwise direction to loosen them.

If you are lying down under the engine bay looking at the back side of the rotor, you would turn the bolts in the normal counterclockwise direction to loosen them.

Remove the caliper bracket and slide the old rotor off the lug studs and wheel hub. If the old rotor is stuck in place due to corrosion (rust), try hitting it a few times with a rubber mallet to loosen it.

A few compatible replacement front brake rotors with their part numbers include the following: DuraGo BR901304, Raybestos 980113R, ACDelco 18A81773A and Callahan CRK02137.

Slide the new rotor into place over the lug studs. Re-attach the caliper bracket with the two 19mm bolts.

It would be best to use a torque wrench to tighten the bolts to the correct specification.

The torque specification in the service manual for tightening the 19mm front caliper bracket bolts is 112 lb-ft (or 152.5 N-m).


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Attach "F" Clamp
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Brake Fluid Reservoir
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Remove Reservoir Cap
In order for the caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, the piston will need 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.

I have a very handy Yost Tools 18" F-Clamp that I use for a variety of tasks in the garage and around the house.

Move to the engine bay and locate the brake fluid reservoir situated at the right rear area just to the left of the air filter housing.

Twist off the reservoir cap by turning it in the counterclockwise direction. Set the cap aside in a safe place.

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

(Some home mechanics choose to "crack the bleeder" (slightly open the bleeder valve) when compressing back the caliper pistons. I do not recommend this practice since it can easily lead to introducing air bubbles into the brake lines and reduced braking performance. If your brake fluid hasn't been changed in a few years, you should just perform a complete brake fluid change instead.)

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Compress Caliper Piston
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Replace Reservoir Cap
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Wear Indicator, Top Inner
Slowly turn the "F" clamp handle in the clockwise direction to retract back the caliper piston.

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

Repeatedly check the fluid level in the reservoir as you are compressing the caliper piston to make sure it doesn't overflow.

Clean up any spilled brake fluid immediately since brake fluid can easily damage painted surfaces. If brake fluid gets on to a painted body panel of your SUV, replace the reservoir cap and flush the painted surface with plenty of clean water.

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

Detach the "F" clamp from the caliper and discard the old brake pads.

Clean off the lug studs, rotor, caliper and bracket with brake parts cleaner spray. Try to avoid breathing in the brake pad dust or the cleaning spray since they might be carcinogenic (cancer causing).

Orientate the wear indicator bar at the top of the new inner brake pad.

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Install New Inner Pad
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Line Up Metal Spring Clip
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Push Pads Against Rotor
Install the new outer brake pad into the bracket.

Make sure the top and bottom of the new pads are installed against the spring clips.

You can see the metal bar for the "friction reduction clip" in Picture # 32.

The pad spreader clips help keep the pads away from the rotors when your foot is not on the brake pedal to reduce friction and increase fuel economy (better MPG).

Push the two pads together against the rotor. You may feel the pads move away from the rotor if you let go of them due to the drag reduction clips.

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Lower Caliper Over Pads
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Spin In Bottom Bolt
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Replace Top Caliper Bolt
Carefully lower the caliper over the new pads and into the bracket.

You may need to hold the pads together against the rotor with one hand and lower the caliper over the pads with your other hand due to the spring clips pushing them away from the rotor.

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

Spin in the two 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.

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Tighten Top Caliper Bolt
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Tighten Bottom Bolt
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Rubber Valve Cap
Tighten the two caliper bolts by turning them in the counterclockwise direction (when viewed from the outside of the car as shown in the pictures) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet until they are snug.

It would be best to use a torque wrench to tighten the front caliper bolts to the service manual specification of 25 lb-ft (or 34.3 N-m).

Double check that the caliper bolts (and bracket bolts if you replaced the rotor) are properly tightened before moving on to the next steps.



If your brake pedal has been feeling soft or spongy, the brake fluid might contain some air bubbles or moisture.

It would be a good idea to bleed the brake lines and flush out the old fluid with fresh DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid.

I highly recommend using the Allstar Performance Bleeder Bottle to bleed the brake lines. It makes the procedure a very easy one-person job compared to having an assistant repeatedly pump the brake pedal.

The brake fluid bleeder valve is located on the back side of the caliper just below the top bolt. To open and close the valve, you'll need an 8mm wrench.

In general, the brake line bleeding order for most vehicles is to start at the caliper furthest from the brake fluid reservoir and work your way to the closest caliper. So the order most likely should be as follows: right rear, right left, front right and front left.

The torque specification in the shop manual for tightening the bleeder valves is 73 lb-in (pound-inch) or 8.3 N-m.


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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
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Caliper Re-Installed
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Replace Front Wheel
Push the front wheel and tire back into place over the lug studs and wheel hub.
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Spin On Five Lug Nuts
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Slightly Tighten Lug Nuts
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Lower Car From Stands
Orientate the lug nuts with the tapered (smaller curved) end facing in towards the wheel.

(The flat end of the lug nuts should be facing out towards you.)

Spin on the lug nuts a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to make sure they don't become cross threaded.

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

Carefully lower the vehicle from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

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Torque Lug Nuts
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Line Up Tire Valve Stem
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Secure Wheel Cover
Continue progressively tightening the lug nuts in the clockwise direction in a criss-cross or star pattern until they are snug.

It would be best to use a torque wrench to tighten the lug nuts to the owner's manual specification of 80 lb-ft (or 108 N-m).

(The owner's manual for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Qashqai have a very similar torque specification of 83 lb-ft or 113 N-m for the "wheel bolts".)

Line up the plastic wheel cover with the cutout section for the valve stem in the correct position.

Gently but firmly tap on the hub cap with your fist to secure it in place. Make sure the wheel cover is securely attached.

Sit in the driver's seat and pump the brake pedal a few times to help restore the brake line pressure.

Make sure the fluid level in the reservoir is at the "Full" or "Maximum" line.

If necessary, slowly pour in some new DOT3 or DOT4 brake fluid until it reaches the full line.

(Check the required brake fluid specified on the reservoir cap. This 2020 Rogue Sport can use either DOT3 or DOT4.)

To break in your new pads, just drive normally for the first few hundred miles while trying to avoid any hard or "panic" stops to prevent from glazing over the new pads which could lead to noisy brakes and reduced braking performance.

It would be a good idea to check your parking spot, driveway or garage for drops of fresh brake fluid over the next few days which might indicate a leak from the bleeder valve or the reservoir.

Be sure write down the procedure, current mileage and date in your car's service records.

Please check out all of the 2014-2021 Nissan Qashqai / Rogue Sport DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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