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Nissan Juke Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on a 1st generation 2010-2016 Nissan Juke SUV with photo illustrated steps.

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2014 Juke Front Wheel
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Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
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Raise Front of Vehicle

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Nissan Juke in changing the front disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Nissan vehicles such as the Versa, Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Cube, Leaf, Pathfinder, 370Z, Rogue, Xterra, Murano, Armada, Quest, Frontier and Titan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

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

A few compatible replacement sets of new front brake pads with their part numbers are as follows: Wagner QC815, Akebono ACT815, Raybestos ATD815C, ACDelco 14D815C, Power Stop # 16-815, Monroe GX815, Dura International BP815 C, Bosch BC815A, Bendix MRD430 and Prime Choice PCD815.

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Spin Off 5 Lug Nuts
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5 Lug Nuts Removed
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Rotor, Bracket, Caliper
The first few steps are to park the SUV on a level surface, engage the emergency/parking brake, and chock the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Slightly loosen the 5 lug nuts on the front wheel by turning them counterclockwise with the lug nut wrench.

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

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

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

Pull off the front wheel to reveal the rotor, bracket, rotor and suspension.

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Front Brake Caliper
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Loosen Upper 14mm Bolt
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Loosen Lower Caliper Bolt
The front brake caliper is held in place to the bracket by two bolts on the back side.

Loosen the upper caliper bolt by turning it clockwise (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Then loosen the lower 14mm caliper bolt in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the SUV).

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Remove Upper Bolt
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Spin Out Lower Bolt
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Two 14mm Bolts
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 Suspension
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Remove Old Outer Pad
Pull the brake caliper out of the bracket and off the old pads.

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

Pull the old outer brake pad out of the bracket.

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Wear Bar Top Inner Pad
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Replace Pad Abutment Clips
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Remove Caliper Slider Pins
Pull the old inner brake pad out of the bracket.

Make a mental note of where the wear indicator or "squeal" bars are situated on the old pads.

On this 2014 Juke, there are wear bars located at the top of both the inner and outer brake pads.

I recommend buying the Akebono ACT815 ceramic front brake pads since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.

If your new set of front brake pads included replacement brake hardware, pull the old pad abutment or "anti-rattle" clips out of the top and bottom of the bracket before installing the new ones in their place.

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

Pull the two caliper slider pins out of their rubber dust boots, apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant grease to each pin before pushing them back in to place.

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Lubricate & Replace Pins
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Attach "C" Clamp To Caliper
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Twist Off Brake Fluid Cap
In order for the caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, the caliper piston needs to be compressed back.

Attach the "C" clamp to the caliper using 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, behind the 12V car battery, and twist off the brake fluid reservoir cap in the counterclockwise direction.



 

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Compress Caliper Piston
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Replace Brake Fluid Cap
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Install New Outer Pad
Slowly turn the "C" clamp handle in the clockwise direction to compress back the caliper piston while repeatedly checking the level in the brake fluid reservoir to prevent it from overflowing.

Replace the brake fluid 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 Juke 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 vehicle 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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Push Pads Against Rotor
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Lower Caliper Over Pads
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Spin In Upper Caliper Bolt
Install the new brake pads in to the bracket with the wear indicator bars situated at the top of both the inner and outer pads.

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

Carefully lower the caliper over the new pads and in to the bracket.

If the caliper won't fit over the new pads, you may need to compress back the piston a bit more.

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

Spin in the upper and lower caliper bolts by hand a few turns in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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Replace Lower Caliper Bolt
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Tighten Upper Caliper Bolt
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Torque To 32 Ft-Lbs
Tighten the two caliper bolts by turning them in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm socket and ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 32 ft-lbs of torque.

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

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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
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Push On Front Wheel
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Spin On 5 Lug Nuts
If your 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 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 upper caliper bolt.

Replace the front wheel and spin on the 5 lug nuts by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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Slightly Tighten 5 Lug Nuts
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Lower SUV From Stands
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Torque To 80 ft-lbs
Slightly tighten the 5 lug nuts in a criss-cross or "star" pattern in the clockwise direction with the tire iron.

Carefully lower the vehicle from the stands 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 80 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 Juke DIY Repair Guides.
 

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