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Hyundai Veloster Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on a 1st generation 2012 to 2017 Hyundai Veloster with the part numbers.

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2017 Veloster Front Wheel
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Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
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Raise Front of Car

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) Hyundai Veloster in changing the front disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Elantra, Sonata, Azera, Santa Fe, Tucson, Accent, Ioniq, Genesis, Tiburon, ix20, i20, i30, i40, Veracruz, Optima, Cadenza, K900, Soul, Niro, Sportage, Sorento, Sedona, Rio, Forte and Spectra 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 QC1595, Power Stop Z23-1432, TRW TPC1595, EBC Brakes UD1543 and ProForce SMD1595.

The tools and other items required 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 17mm wrench an "F" clamp and a tube of brake caliper grease.

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Spin Off 5 Lug Nuts
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Rotor, Bracket, Caliper
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Front Brake Caliper
The first few steps are to park the car on 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 car from moving.

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts on the front wheel by turning them 1/4 to 1/3 turn in the counterclockwise direction with the tire iron.

I prefer to only work on one side of the car at a time to keep three wheels on the ground for extra safety.

Raise the front of the car 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.

Remove the front wheel to reveal the caliper, bracket, rotor and suspension.

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.

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Loosen Top Caliper Bolt
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Loosen Bottom Caliper Bolt
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Upper Bolt Removed
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 car).

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Lower Bolt Removed
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Lift Caliper Off Bracket
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Rest Caliper On Suspension
Spin out the two caliper bolts by hand and set them aside in a safe place.

Carefully pull the caliper off the old pads and out of the bracket.

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

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

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Two Metal Spring Clips
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Remove Top "W" Clip
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Remove Bottom Spring Clip
Gently remove the two metal "W" shaped spring clips on the outer edge of the old brake pads.

If your new brake pads did not include new spring clips, set the old ones aside in a safe place for re-installation later.

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Remove Old Outer Pad
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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
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Replace Pad Abutment Clips
Remove the old inner and outer pads from the caliper bracket.

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

On this 2017 Veloster, the wear indicator bar was located at the top of the inner brake pad.

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

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 Veloster previously exhibited shuddering, pulsating, or vibrations in the front end during braking, you might need to have your rotors "turned" (resurfaced) or just replace them with brand new rotors. If this is the car'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 Phillips head set screws on the front of the rotor, 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. (The front caliper bracket bolts torque specification is 57.9 to 72.3 lb-ft.)

Apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant grease to the caliper bracket and the new pad abutment clips where they will come in contact with each other and the new brake pads.



 

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Pull Out Caliper Slider Pins
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Lubricate & Replace Pins
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Attach "F" Clamp To Caliper
In order for the brake caliper to operate smoothly, the two caliper slider pins or "guide bolts" need to be well lubricated.

Pull the two caliper slider pins out of their rubber dust boots attached to the bracket.

Do not mix up the top and bottom caliper slider pins. They are slightly different. On this 2017 Veloster, the gold/yellow colored pin was located at the bottom and the silver pin with 3 dark ridges at the end was located at the top of the caliper.

Apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant grease to the smooth parts of each caliper slider pin before pushing them back in to their rubber dust boots.

In order for the caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, the caliper piston needs to be compressed back.

Attach an "F" clamp or "C" clamp to the caliper and use the back of an old brake pad to evenly distribute the pressure across the piston.

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Brake Fluid Reservoir
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Twist Off Counterclockwise
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Compress Caliper Piston
Move to the right rear area of the engine bay and locate the brake fluid reservoir.

It is situated just behind the 12V automotive battery and in front of the windshield.

Twist off the brake fluid reservoir cap in the counterclockwise direction.

Removing the cap will allow the brake fluid to more easily travel back through the lines.

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

Continue compressing the caliper piston until it is flush with the rubber dust boot surrounding it.

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

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Replace Brake Fluid Cap
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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
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Install New Outer Pad
Replace the brake fluid cap as soon as possible since the fluid is hygroscopic (easily absorbs moisture from the air).

Twist on the brake fluid cap in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

I recommend buying the Wagner ThermoQuiet QC1595 ceramic front brake pads since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.

Install the new inner and outer brake pads in to the caliper bracket.

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

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Push Pads Against Rotor
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Re-Install Spring Clips
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"W" Clips Replaced
Push the two pads together until they are flush against the rotor.

Re-attach the two "W" (or "V") shaped metal spring clips to the holes on the outer edge of the new brake pads.

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

If you have trouble lowering the caliper over the new brake pads, you might need to compress the caliper piston a bit more.

Line up the bolt holes in the caliper with their corresponding holes in the caliper 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 car) to help prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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Tighten Counterclockwise
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Hold Pin - 17mm Wrench
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Torque Caliper Bolts
Tighten the two caliper bolts in the counterclockwise direction with the 14mm socket and 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight or about 20 to 25 lb-ft of torque.

(The official service manual torque specification for the front caliper bolts is 15.9 to 23.1 lb-ft of torque.)

If the caliper slider pin rotates as you are attempting to tighten the caliper bolts, hold it in place with a 17mm wrench.

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

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Rubber Valve Cap
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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
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Replace Front Wheel

If your brake pedal has felt 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 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.

Replace the front wheel and spin on the five lug nuts in the clockwise direction a few turns to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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Spin On 5 Lug Nuts
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Lower Car From Stands
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Torque Lug Nuts
Slightly tighten the five lug nuts in the clockwise direction in a star or criss cross pattern.

Carefully lower the front of the car from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

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 80 lb-ft of torque.

(The service manual specification for the lug nut torque is 65 to 79 lb-ft.)

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 2012-2017 Hyundai Veloster DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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