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Nissan Murano Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on a 2nd generation 2009 to 2014 Nissan Murano with the part numbers.

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2014 Murano Front Wheel
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Slightly Loosen 5 Lug Nuts
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Raise Front of Vehicle

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Nissan Murano SUV in changing the front disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Pathfinder, Sentra, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The items 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 high temperature synthetic brake parts lubricant grease.

A few compatible replacement sets of new front brake pads with their part numbers are as follows: Akebono ACT888, Raybestos PGD888AC, Bendix D888CT, Monroe CX888, Wagner ThermoQuiet QC888A, Bosch BC888, Dura International BP888C, Centric 105.08880 and TRW TPC0888.

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Spin Off 5 Lug Nuts
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Five Lug Nuts Removed
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Rotor, Bracket & Caliper
The first two steps are to park the SUV on a level surface and turn off the engine.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and chock both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Slightly loosen the 5 lug nuts with the tire iron by turning them counterclockwise.

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

I prefer to work on one side of the vehicle at a time 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 front brake caliper, bracket, rotor and suspension.

Locate the upper and lower bolts on the back side of the caliper. The bolt heads face in towards the engine bay.

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Front Brake Caliper
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Loosen Upper Caliper Bolt
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Loosen Lower 14mm Bolt
Loosen the top caliper bolt by turning it clockwise (as seen from the outside of the SUV) with the 14mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Then loosen the bottom caliper 14mm caliper bolt by turning it clockwise (as seen from the outside of the vehicle).

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Spin Out Top Caliper Bolt
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Spin Out Bottom 14mm Bolt
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Pull Off Front Brake Caliper
Spin out the two caliper bolts and set them aside in a safe place.

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

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Rest Caliper On Suspension
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Remove Old Outer Pad
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Wear Bars - Top Both Pads
Carefully rest the caliper on the suspension or suspend it from the spring with a bungee cord or some twine.

Pull the two old pads out of the bracket and make a mental note of where the wear indicator bars or "squeal" bars are located.

On this 2014 Murano, the wear bars were situated at the top of both the inner and outer brake pads.

I recommend buying the Akebono ACT888 front 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 set of new front brake pads includes replacement brake hardware, pull the old metal pad abutment or "anti-rattle" clips out of the top and bottom of the bracket before pushing the new ones down in place.

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

Carefully pull the two caliper slider pins or "guide pins" out of their rubber dust boots and apply a thin layer of synthetic brake parts lubricant grease to each before pushing them back in to their rubber dust boots.

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Attach "C" Clamp To Caliper
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Brake Fluid Reservoir
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Twist Off Brake Fluid Cap
In order for the brake caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, the two caliper pistons will need to be compressed back.

Attach the "C" clamp to the caliper and use the back of an old brake pad to evenly distribute the pressure across the 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 brake fluid reservoir cap will allow the fluid to more easily travel backwards through the system when you compress the two caliper pistons.

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

You will need to re-position the "C" clamp in order to fully depress both of the caliper pistons.

Repeatedly check the level in the brake fluid reservoir while you compress back the piston to make sure that it doesn't over flow.

Clean up any spilled brake fluid quickly since it can easily damage painted surfaces.



 

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Slowly Turn "C" Clamp
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Compress Back Both Pistons
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Replace Brake Fluid Cap
Continue compressing the two caliper pistons until they are flush with the rubber dust boots surrounding them.

Try to avoid pinching or otherwise damaging the rubber dust boots.

Replace the brake fluid cap as soon as possible by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air) so try to avoid having the cap off for any longer than necessary.

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 (cancer causing) 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 piston. Do not apply brake caliper grease to the friction surface of the new pads.

If your Murano previously exhibited shuddering, pulsations, or vibrations in the front end 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 car 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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Install New Outer Brake Pad
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Wear Bar - Top Both Pads
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Push Pads Against Rotor
Install the new brake pads in to the bracket with the wear bars situated at the top of both the inner and outer brake pads.

Push the two 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 Caliper Bolt
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Replace Lower Caliper Bolt
Carefully lower the caliper over the new 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 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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Tighten Bolts Counterclockwise
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Tighten Lower 14mm Bolt
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Rubber Valve Cap
Tighten the upper and lower caliper bolts with the 14mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) to just past hand tight or about 20 to 25 lb-ft of torque.

Double check that both 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 top caliper bolt.

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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
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Push On Front Wheel
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Slightly Tighten 5 Lug Nuts
Replace the front wheel.

Spin on the 5 lug nuts in the clockwise direction by hand to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Slightly tighten the lug nuts in a "star" or "criss cross" pattern with the tire iron.

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Lower Car From Stands
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Torque To 80 ft-lbs
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Front 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 80 ft-lbs of torque.

It would be best to use a torque wrench or an electric impact wrench with a torque stick to make sure that the lug nuts are properly tightened.

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 2009-2014 Nissan Murano DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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