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Nissan Murano Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on a third generation 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Nissan Murano SUV.

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2017 Murano Front Wheel
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Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
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Raise Front of SUV

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and perhaps also the updated 2019 and 2020 model years) Nissan Murano SUV in changing the front disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Nissan and Infiniti vehicles such as the Rogue, Pathfinder, Armada, Versa, Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Leaf, 370Z, GT-R, Frontier, Titan, NV200, Q50, Q70, Q60, QX30, QX50, 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 include the following: Bosch BC1649, Wagner QC1649, ACDelco 17D1649CH, Akebono ACT1649, Power Stop Z23-1649, ProForce CRD1649, TRW TPC1649, DuraGo BP1649C and Centric 105.16490.

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

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Spin Off 5 Lug Nuts
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Five Lug Nuts Removed
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Rotor, Bracket, Caliper
The first few steps are to drive the SUV on to a level surface, place the transmission in "Park" 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 SUV from moving.

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts on the front wheel 1/4 to 1/2 turn in the counterclockwise direction with the tire iron.

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

Do NOT solely rely on the floor jack to support the vehicle.

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

Carefully remove the front wheel and set it aside.

Some people like to place the wheel and tire under the frame rail of the SUV for extra safety just in case the vehicle falls off the floor jack and stands.

Once the front wheel and tire have been removed, you'll be able to see the front rotor, bracket, caliper and suspension.

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Front Brake Caliper
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Loosen Lower Bolt
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Loosen Upper Caliper Bolt
The front brake caliper is held in place to the bracket by two bolts on the back side of the caliper that face in towards the engine bay.

Loosen the lower caliper bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 17mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Then loosen the upper 17mm caliper bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the SUV).

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Spin Out Bottom Bolt
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Remove Top Bolt
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Caliper Bolts Removed
Spin out the two caliper bolts and set them aside in a safe place.
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Pull Off Brake Caliper
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Rest Caliper On Rotor
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Remove Old Brake Pad
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Carefully pull the brake 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.

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

Pull the old brake pads out of the bracket.

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Wear Bars - Top Both Pads
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Attach "F" Clamp To Caliper
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Brake Fluid Reservoir
Make a mental note of where the wear indicator bars or "squeal" bars are situated on the old brake pads.

On this 2017 Murano SV AWD, the wear indicator bars were situated at the top of both the inner and outer brake pads.

Attach the "F" clamp to the caliper and use the back of an old brake pad to evenly spread the pressure across the two caliper pistons.

Move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay and locate the brake fluid reservoir.

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Twist Off Reservoir Cap
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Compress Caliper Pistons
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Replace Reservoir Cap
Remove the reservoir cap by twisting it off it off in the counterclockwise direction.

Removing the cap will allow the brake fluid to more easily travel back through the system when you compress the caliper pistons.

Slowly turn the "F" clamp handle in the clockwise direction until the caliper pistons are just about flush with the rubber dust boots that surround them.

If necessary, you may need to reposition the "F" clamp in order to fully compress both pistons.

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

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Replace Pad Abutment Clips
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Top Pad Abutment Clip
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Pull Out Caliper Slider Pins
If your new set of front brake pads includes replacement hardware, pull the old pad abutment clips out of the top and bottom of the bracket.

Apply some brake parts lubricant grease to the top and bottom of the abutment clips where they will come into contact with the new brake pads or the bracket.

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

In order for the brake caliper to operate smoothly, the two caliper slider pins need to be lubricated.

Carefully pull the two caliper slider pins or "guide pins" out of their rubber dust boots and apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant grease to the smooth parts of each one before pushing them back in to their rubber dust boots.



 

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Lubricate & Replace Pins
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Install New Outer Pad
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Install New Inner Pad

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 breathing in brake dust can be harmful to your health. Brake dust can be carcinogenic (may cause 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 Murano previously exhibited shuddering, pulsations, or vibrations in the front 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 front 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.

I recommend buying the Bosch BC1649 "QuietCast" ceramic front brake pads since I've had great experiences with them on various vehicles.

Install the new inner and outer brake pads into the caliper bracket.

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Push Pads Against Rotor
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Lower Caliper Over Pads
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Spin In Bottom Bolt
Push the two pads together until they are flush against the rotor.

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

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

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Replace Upper Bolt
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Tighten Lower Bolt
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Tighten Upper Caliper Bolt
Spin in the two caliper bolts a few turns by hand in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the SUV).

Then tighten the two bolts with the 17mm socket and a 3/8' drive ratchet to just past hand tight or about 32 lb-ft of torque.

It would be best to use a torque wrench to properly tighten the caliper bolts to the service manual specification of 32 lb-ft.

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Torque Bottom Bolt
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Rubber Valve Cap
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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
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 might be contaminated with water or the brake lines may 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 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.

You will need an 8mm wrench to open the brake fluid bleeder screw.

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Push On Front Wheel
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Spin On Five Lug Nuts
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Slightly Tighten Lug Nuts
Carefully replace the front wheel and 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 in a "star" or "criss cross" pattern with the lug nut wrench.

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Lower Front of SUV
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Torque Five Lug Nuts
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Front 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 80 ft-lbs 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. The owner's manual specifies that the lug nut torque specification is 83 lb-ft.

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, add some DOT 3 fluid.

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

It's also a good idea to regularly check your driveway, parking spot or garage 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, please check out all of my 2015-2018 Nissan Murano DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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