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Nissan Juke Rear Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the rear disc brake pads on a 1st generation 2010 to 2016 Nissan Juke with photo illustrated steps.

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2014 Juke Rear Wheel
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Slightly Loosen 5 Lug Nuts
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Raise Rear of Vehicle

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and the refreshed 2015 & 2016) Nissan Juke in changing the rear 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 rear brake pads with their part numbers include the following: Akebono ACT905, Wagner QC1393, Dura International BP905 C, StopTech 309.09050, Raybestos PGD905C, Centric # 105.0905, Bosch BC905, Raybestos ATD905C and ACDelco 14D905C.

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Spin Off 5 Lug Nuts
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Pull Off Rear Wheel
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Loosen Lower Caliper Bolt
The first few steps are to park the SUV on a level surface and make sure that the emergency / parking brake is not engaged.

Chock both sides of the front wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

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

Raise the rear 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 rear wheel to reveal the rotor, bracket, rotor and suspension.

Loosen the lower caliper bolt by turning it clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

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Loosen Upper 14mm Bolt
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Remove Bolt / Slider Pin
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Pull Off Brake Caliper
Then loosen the upper 14mm caliper bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the SUV).

If you have trouble loosening the upper caliper bolt, you can just remove the lower bolt and then rotate the caliper up to remove the upper bolt/pin from the bracket.

Spin out the two combination caliper bolts and slider or "guide" pins from the caliper.

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Bolts / Slider Pins Removed
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Rest Caliper On Suspension
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Remove Old Outer Pad
Carefully rest the caliper on the suspension or suspend it from the spring with a bungee cord.

Remove the old outer pad from the bracket.

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Wear Bar - Bottom Inner Pad
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Replace Pad Abutment Clips
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Attach "C" Clamp To Caliper
Pull the old inner pad out of the bracket.

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

On this 2014 Juke, the wear indicator bar is located at the bottom of the inner brake pad.

I recommend buying the Akebono ACT905 ceramic rear brake pads since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.

If your new set of rear 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 fit over the thicker new brake pads, the caliper piston will need 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.

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Twist Off Brake Fluid Cap
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Compress Caliper Piston
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Replace Brake Fluid Cap
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.

Removing the cap will allow the brake fluid to more easily travel backwards through the lines when you compress back the piston.

Slowly turn the "C" clamp handle in the clockwise direction to compress back the piston. Repeatedly check the level in the brake fluid reservoir to prevent it from overflowing.

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



 

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Install New Outer Pad
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Wear Bar - Bottom Inner Pad
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Push Pads Against Rotor
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 rear 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.

Install the new brake pads in to the bracket with the wear bar located at the bottom of the new inner pad.

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

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Lower Caliper Over Pads
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Spin In Upper Bolt/Slider
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Install Lower Bolt / Guide Pin
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 bracket.

Apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant grease to the smooth parts of the two caliper slider or "guide" pins so that the caliper will operate smoothly.

Spin in the two combination caliper bolts / slider pins a few turns by hand in the counterclockwise direction.

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Tighten Lower 14mm Bolt
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Tighten Counterclockwise
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Rubber Valve Cap
Tighten the two caliper bolts by turning them counterclockwise (as seen from the outside of the SUV) with the 14mm socket and 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 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.

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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
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Push On Rear Wheel
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Spin On 5 Lug Nuts
Replace the rear 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 Lug Nuts
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Lower Vehicle 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 lug nut wrench.

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, parking space 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, check out my other Nissan Juke DIY Repair Guides.
 

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