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Nissan Frontier Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on a 2nd generation 2005 to 2016 Nissan Frontier with the part numbers.

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2016 Frontier Front Wheel
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Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
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Raise Front of Truck

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation "D40 Series" (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Nissan Frontier pickup truck in changing the front disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Navara, Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Pathfinder, Murano, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Sentra, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 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 QC1094, Akebono ACT1094, ACDelco 17D1094CH, Bosch BE1094, Centric Parts 105.10940, Raybestos ATD1094C, Bendix D1094CT, KFE KFE1094-104 and Brembo P56059N.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a lug nut wrench, a 14mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, a "C" clamp and a tube of brake caliper grease.

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Remove Front Wheel
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Caliper, Bracket & Rotor
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Loosen Lower Caliper Bolt
The first two steps are to park the truck on a level surface and turn off the engine.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and chock both sides of the rear wheels to prevent it from moving while you are changing the front brake pads.

Slightly loosen the six lug nuts on the front wheel by turning them counterclockwise with the tire iron.

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

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

Spin off the 6 lug nuts and set them aside in a safe place. A 13/16" socket makes it much easier to remove the lug nuts.

Remove the front wheel and set it aside in a safe place.

Once the front wheel has been removed, you'll see the front brake caliper, bracket, rotor and suspension.

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Loosen Upper Caliper Bolt
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Spin Out Top 14mm Bolt
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Remove Bottom 14mm Bolt
The two caliper bolts are located on the back side of the caliper with the bolt heads facing in towards the engine.

Loosen the two caliper bolts by turning them clockwise (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm socket and a a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Spin out the two bolts and set them aside in a safe place.

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Pull Off Brake Caliper
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Rest Caliper On Suspension
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"V" Spring Clip At Bottom
Carefully pull the brake caliper off the old pads and out of the bracket.

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

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Remove Spring Clip
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Wear Bar - Bottom Inner Pad
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Remove Old Outer Pad
Remove the "V" or "U" shaped spring clip on the bottom of the old pads and set it aside in a safe place for re-installation later on.

Remove the two old brake pads from the caliper and make a mental note of where the wear indicator or "squeal" bar is located.

On this 2016 Frontier SV, the wear indicator bar was situated at the bottom of the inner brake pad.

I recommend buying the Wagner QC1094 "ThermoQuiet" brake pads since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.

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Replace Pad Abutment Clips
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Pull Out Caliper Slider Pins
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Lubricate & Replace Pins
If your new set of front brake pads included replacement brake hardware, remove the old metal pad abutment clips from the top and bottom of the bracket.

Apply some brake parts lubricant grease to the new pad abutment clips before installing them in to the bracket.

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

Pull the caliper slider pins out of their rubber dust boots in the bracket, apply a thin layer or grease to each one and then push them back in to place.

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Attach "C" Clamp To Caliper
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Brake Fluid Reservoir
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Twist Off Counterclockwise
Attach the "C" clamp to the caliper and use the back of an old brake pad to evenly distribute the pressure across the two pistons.

Move to the right rear area of the engine bay and twist off the 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 pistons.



 

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Compress Caliper Pistons
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Move Clamp To 2nd Piston
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Replace Brake Fluid Cap
Slowly turn the "C" clamp handle in the clockwise direction to compress back the pistons.

You may need to adjust the position of the "C" clamp in order to fully push back both caliper pistons.

Try to avoid pinching or otherwise damaging the rubber dust boots that surround the caliper pistons.

Replace the reservoir cap as soon as possible since brake fluid is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air).

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 (causes 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 pistons. Do not apply caliper grease to the friction surface of the new pads.

 If your Frontier previously exhibited shuddering, pulsating, or vibrations 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 truck 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 19mm 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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Install New Outer Pad
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Wear Bar - Bottom Inner Pad
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Replace "V" Spring Clip
Install the new brake pads in to the bracket with the wear bar situated at the bottom of the inner pad.

Replace the "V" shaped spring clip in to the bottom outer edge of the brake pads.

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Lower Caliper Over Pads
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Spin In Lower Caliper Bolt
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Replace Upper Caliper Bolt
Gently lower the caliper over the new brake 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 to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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Tighten Counterclockwise
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Tighten Top Caliper Bolt
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Rubber Valve Cap
Tighten the two caliper bolts with the 14mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 32 ft-lbs of torque.

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

If the brake pedal previously felt soft or spongy, the brake fluid may be contaminated with water or the brake lines may contain some 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 theBrake 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 upper caliper bolt.

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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
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Replace Wheel & Lug Nuts
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Slightly Tighten Lug Nuts
Replace the front wheel and spin on the 6 lug nuts by hand a few turns 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 Truck From Stands
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Torque To 98 ft-lbs
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Front Brake Pads Replaced
Carefully lower the truck from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Continue progressively tightening the lug nuts in a "star" pattern to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight or 98 ft-lbs of torque.

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

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 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 or garage 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.

For more, check out my other Nissan Frontier DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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