Toyota RAV4 2000-05

Brake Pads

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the wheel(s).
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  5. Temporarily install 2 wheel stud nuts to hold the brake rotor in place.
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  7. If necessary, siphon a sufficient quantity of brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir to prevent any brake fluid from overflowing the master cylinder when removing or installing new pads. This may be necessary, as the piston must be forced into the caliper bore to provide sufficient clearance when installing the pads.
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  9. Grasp the caliper from behind and carefully pull it towards you. This will start to seat the piston(s) in its bore. Using a C-clamp or other suitable tool, press the piston the remaining way into the caliper. Be careful not to cock the piston in the bore. Also, do not force the piston or the caliper and piston may be damaged.
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  11. Hold the sliding pin and loosen the 2 caliper mounting bolts. Remove the bolts and remove the caliper from the torque plate.
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  13. Secure the caliper assembly out of the way with a wire; so as not to stress the flexible hose.
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  15. Slide out the old brake pads along with any anti-squeal shims, springs, pad wear indicators and pad support plates. Make sure to note the position of all assorted pad hardware.
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To install:

  1. Check the brake disc (rotor) for thickness and run-out. Inspect the caliper and piston assembly for breaks, cracks, fluid seepage or other damage. Overhaul or replace as necessary.
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  3. Install the pad support plates into the torque plate.
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  5. Install the pad wear indicators onto the pads. Be sure the arrow on the indicator plate is pointing in the direction of rotation.
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  7. Install the anti-squeal shims on the outside of each pad and then install the pad assemblies into the torque plate.
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  9. Install the caliper to the torque plate with the 2 mounting bolts. Torque the bolts to 20 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
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  11. Remove the 2 temporary wheel stud nuts and check that the rotor turns freely.
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  13. Reinstall the wheel(s), safely lower the vehicle, and road-test for proper brake operation.
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  15. Be sure to pump the brakes several times prior to moving the vehicle.
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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    2 mounting bolts and caliper
     
    Pads and shims
     
    Shims and wear indicator from the pads
     

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  5. Installation is the reverse of removal. Apply disc brake grease to the inside of each shim. The wear indicator is installed on the inner pad.
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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the wheel(s).
  6.  
  7. Temporarily install 2 wheel stud nuts to hold the brake rotor in place.
  8.  
  9. If necessary, siphon a sufficient quantity of brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir to prevent any brake fluid from overflowing the master cylinder when removing or installing new pads. This may be necessary, as the piston must be