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Nissan Rogue Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on a 2nd generation 2014 to 2018 Nissan Rogue with the part numbers.

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2016 Nissan Rogue
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Pry Off Plastic Hub Cap
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Wheel Cover Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2014, 2015, 2016 and the updated 2017 or 2018 model year Nissan Rogue SUV in changing the front disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Murano, Altima, Titan, Versa, Sentra, Maxima, Leaf, 370Z, GT-R, Juke, Pathfinder, Armada, Patrol, Skyline, Cube, X-Trail, Xterra, Qashqai, Rogue Sport, NV200, NV400, Teana, Q50, Q70, Q60, QX30, QX50, QX56, QX60, QX70 and QX80 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: Wagner QC1736, TRW TPC1338, Centric 105.17360, Power Stop 16-1737 Z16, Monroe Brakes GX1736, ACDelco 17D1737CH, Raybestos EHT1736H and ACDelco 17D1736CH.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a plastic automotive panel pry bar tool, a lug nut wrench, a floor jack, two jack stands, wheel chocks, a 14mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratchet, an "F" clamp and a tube of brake caliper grease.


Please verify the correct replacement part numbers for your Rogue by consulting with your dealership's parts counter, an auto parts store or by using the Amazon Part Finder website.

The correct compatible replacement front brake pads part number may vary depending on your SUV's model year, trim level (e.g. hybrid), transmission (FWD or AWD) and whether or not it has a 3rd row of seats.

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Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
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Support Car - Jack Stands
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Spin Off 5 Lug Nuts
The first two steps are to park the SUV on a level surface and turn off the ignition.

Then engage the emergency / parking brake and place wheel chocks on both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Use a plastic pry bar tool to gently pop off the plastic wheel cover or "hub cap".

Set the wheel cover aside in a safe place.

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise 1/4 to 1/2 turn with the tire iron.

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

Spin off the 5 lug nuts and set them aside in a safe place.

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Five Lug Nuts Removed
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Pull Off Front Wheel
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Rotor, Bracket, Caliper
Carefully remove the front wheel and set it aside.

Once the wheel is out of the way, you'll be able to see the rotor, bracket, caliper and suspension.

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Front Brake Caliper
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Loosen Top Caliper Bolt
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Loosen Bottom Caliper Bolt
The front brake caliper is held in place to the bracket by two bolts 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 clockwise (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Then loosen the bottom 14mm caliper bolt by turning it clockwise (as seen from the outside of the SUV).

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Spin Out Lower Bolt
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Remove Upper Bolt
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Two Caliper Bolts
Spin out the two caliper bolts by hand and set them aside in a safe place.
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Lift Caliper Out of Bracket
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Rest Caliper On Suspension
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Remove Old Brake Pads
Carefully lift the caliper out of the bracket and off the old brake pads.

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

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

Pull the old inner and outer brake pads out of the bracket.

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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
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Remove Old Outer Pad
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Replace Pad Abutment Clips
Make a mental note of where the wear indicator or "squeal" bar is located on the old brake pads.

On this 2016 Rogue, the wear indicator bar was situated at the top of the inner brake pad.

If your set of new front brake pads included replacement brake hardware, pull the old pad abutment clips out of the top and bottom of the bracket.

Clean the bracket with some brake parts cleaner spray.

Apply a thin layer of brake caliper grease to the bracket and the pad abutment clips where they will come in contact with each other or the ends ("ears") of the new brake pads.

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



 

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Lubricate Caliper Slider Pins
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Attach "F" Clamp To Caliper
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Brake Fluid Reservoir
In order for the caliper to operate smoothly, the two caliper slider pins need to be well lubricated.

Pull the caliper slider pins out of their dust boots and apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant grease to the smooth parts of each one before pushing the pins back in to place.

In order for the caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, the 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 right rear area of the engine bay and locate the brake fluid reservoir.

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Twist Off Counterclockwise
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Compress Caliper Piston
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Replace Brake Fluid Cap
Twist off the black plastic 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 compress the piston.

Set the cap aside in a safe place.

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

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

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

Continue compressing the caliper piston until it just about flush with the rubber sleeve.

Since brake fluid is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air), be sure to replace the brake fluid reservoir cap as soon as possible by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

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Install New Outer Pad
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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
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Push Pads Against Rotor
Thoroughly clean off the brake rotor, caliper bracket, lug nut studs and the brake caliper assembly 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 can be carcinogenic (cancer causing) if inhaled.

 If your Rogue previously exhibited shuddering, pulsating, or vibrations in the front end while braking, you might need to have your rotors "turned" (resurfaced) or just replace them with brand new rotors. If this is the SUV's first front brake job and the rotors appear to be in excellent condition, you should be able to just change the pads with excellent 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. Remove the bracket and set it aside in a safe place. Then loosen the old rotor with a rubber mallet, pull it off, and slide the new one in its place.

Install the new brake pads in to the bracket with the wear indicator bar situated at the top of the inner pad.

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

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

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

Spin in the two caliper bolts a few turns by hand in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the SUV) to help prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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Tighten Counterclockwise
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Tighten Lower Bolt
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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
Tighten the two caliper bolts in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the SUV) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight or about 25 lb-ft of torque.

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

If your brake pedal has been feeling soft or spongy, the brake fluid may be contaminated with water or the brake lines might contain a few 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 new DOT 3 or DOT 4 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 covered by a rubber cap and located just below the top caliper bolt.

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Replace Front Wheel
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Spin On Five Lug Nuts
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Lower Car From Stands
Push the front wheel back in to place.

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

Slightly tighten the lug nuts with the tire iron.

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

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Torque To 83 lb-ft
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Tire Air Valve
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Firmly Tap On Hub Cap
Continue progressively tightening the lug nuts in a "criss cross" or "star" pattern to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight or about 83 lb-ft of torque.

It would be best to use a torque wrench or an impact wrench with an 80 lb-ft torque stick to properly tighten the lug nuts.

Sit in the driver's seat of the car and firmly push down 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, add some fresh DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid.

To break in your new front brake pads, just drive normally for the first several hundred miles while trying to avoid any hard or "panic" stops which might glaze over the new pads and cause them to be noisy and/or not perform as well.

It's also a good idea to regularly check your driveway for drops of 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.

Be sure to record the brake pad change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out all of my 2014-2018 Nissan Rogue DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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