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Nissan Murano Rear Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the rear disc brake pads on a 3rd generation 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Nissan Murano SUV.

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2017 Murano Rear Wheel
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Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
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Raise Rear 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 rear 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 rear brake pads with their part numbers are as follows: Bosch BC905, ACDelco 14D905CH, Akebono ACT905, Wagner QC1393, Raybestos SGD905C, DuraGo BP905 C, KFE KFE905-104, Centric 103.09050, Power Stop Z23-905 and Monroe CX1415.

The tools 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, a 14mm wrench,

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

Make sure that the emergency / parking brake is NOT engaged. (If the parking brake is engaged, you won't be able to lift the caliper off the old brake pads.)

Place wheel chocks on both sides of the front tires to prevent the SUV from moving.

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with the tire iron.

Set the five lug nuts aside in a safe place.

Carefully remove the rear wheel and set it aside in a safe place. Some people like to place the wheel and tire below the frame rail of the vehicle for extra safety just in case the SUV falls off the jack stands.

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

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Rear Brake Caliper
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Loosen Upper Caliper Bolt
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Loosen Lower Caliper Bolt
The rear brake caliper is held in place to the bracket by two bolts on the back side of the caliper that face in towards the cargo area in the center of the SUV.

Use a 14mm socket and a 1/4" or 3/8" drive ratchet to loosen the upper caliper bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the SUV).

For the lower caliper bolt, I found that the sway bar link (a black metal pipe - part of the rear suspension system) was in the way and I couldn't use a 14mm socket.

So instead I used a standard 14mm wrench to loosen the lower caliper bolt.

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Lower Bolt / Pin Blocked
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Spin Out Top Bolt / Pin
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Rotate Down Caliper
Spin out the top caliper bolt, which also acts as the caliper slider pin and set it aside on a clean rag or paper towel.

Since the lower caliper bolt / slider pin is blocked by the sway bar link, I just partially removed it as much as possible until the caliper could be swung down off the old pads.

If you would like to fully remove the caliper and the lower caliper slider pin, you would need to disconnect the lower end of the sway bar link.

There is plenty of room to open the caliper to access the old brake pads and to lubricate the exposed portion of the lower caliper slider pin for this simple rear brake pad swap.

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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
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Remove Old Outer Pad
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Pad Abutment Clips
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 2017 Murano SV AWD, the wear indicator bar was situated at the top of the inner brake pad.

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

Clean the bracket with some brake parts cleaner spray and wipe it clean with a paper towel.

Apply a thin layer of brake caliper grease to the both sides of the pad abutment clips and to the top and bottom of the bracket.

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

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Replace Pad Abutment Clips
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Attach "F" Clamp
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Remove Brake Fluid Cap
Push the new pad abutment clips into the top and bottom of the bracket.

Make sure they are fully seated.

In order for the caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, the piston will need to be compressed or "retracted" back into the caliper.

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 (near the driver's seat) and twist off the round black plastic brake fluid reservoir cap in the counterclockwise direction. Set the cap aside in a safe place.

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

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



 

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Compress Caliper Piston
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Replace Reservoir Cap
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Install New Outer Pad
Continue compressing the piston until it is just about flush with the rubber dust boot that surrounds it.

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

Brake fluid is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air), so remember to replace the reservoir cap as soon as possible to avoid having the fluid become contaminated with water or dust.

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 you inhale it.

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 caliper grease to the friction surface of the new pads or the rotor.

 If your Murano previously exhibited shuddering, pulsations, or vibrations in the rear end during braking, you might 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.

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Wear Bar - Inner Pad
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Install New Inner Pad
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Push Pads Against Rotor
I recommend buying the Bosch BC905 "QuietCast" ceramic rear brake pads since I've had excellent results with them. They don't create much brake dust and are very quiet.

Install the two new brake pads into the bracket.

The wear indicator bar should be situated at the top of the inner brake pad.

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

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Lubricate Slider Pins
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Swing Caliper Over Pads
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Replace Top Bolt / Pin
In order for the caliper to operate smoothly, the two caliper slider pins need to be well lubricated.

Apply a thin layer of brake caliper grease to the upper caliper pin and then as much of the exposed lower caliper pin as you can reach.

Raise the caliper back into place over the new pads and into the bracket.

Re-insert the top caliper bolt / slider pin.

Rotate the two caliper bolts / pins a few times to help spread the grease.

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Spin In Top Caliper Bolt
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Spin In Bottom Bolt
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Tighten Bottom Bolt
Tighten the two caliper bolts in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm socket and a ratchet or the 14mm wrench.

Tighten them to just past hand tight or about 25 lb-ft of torque if you have a torque wrench.

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Torque Top 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 the brake pedal has been feeling very soft or spongy, the brake fluid might be contaminated with some 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 black rubber cap on the back side of the caliper just below the top caliper bolt.

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Push On Rear Wheel
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Spin On Five Lug Nuts
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Slightly Tighten Lug Nuts

Push the rear wheel back into place over the lug studs.

Spin on the 5 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 "criss cross" or "star" pattern.

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Lower Car From Stands
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Torque Lug Nuts
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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 (per the specification in the owner's manual).

It would be best to use a torque wrench to make sure that the lug nuts are properly tightened.

Sit in the driver's seat of the vehicle and firmly 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 fresh DOT 3 fluid.

To break in your new rear brake pads, just drive normally for the first few hundred miles while trying to avoid any hard or "panic" stops which may 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, 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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