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

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2014 Murano Rear Wheel
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Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
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Raise Rear 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 rear 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 standard 14mm wrench, a "C" clamp and a tube of high temperature synthetic 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, ACDelco 17D905C, Raybestos ATD905C, Bosch BC905 Ceramic, Dura International BP905C, , TRW TPC1415, Monroe CX1415 and Centric 300.09050.

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Spin Off 5 Lug Nuts
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Five Lug Nuts Removed
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Loosen Upper Caliper Bolt
The first two steps are to park the SUV on a level surface and turn off the engine.

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 with the tire iron by turning them counterclockwise.

Then raise the rear 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 vehicle at a time 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 rear 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 center of the SUV.

The rear caliper bolts also act as the caliper slider pins.

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.

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14mm Wrench - Lower Bolt
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Remove Bolt / Slider Pin
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Can't Remove Lower Pin
Fully remove the upper caliper bolt / caliper slider pin combination piece.

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

I couldn't remove the lower caliper bolt / slider pin due to the black metal suspension bar that was in the way.

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Swing Open Brake Caliper
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Pin Stuck Against Bar
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Remove Old Outer Pad
Swing the caliper open and towards the front of the vehicle.

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

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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
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Attach "C" Clamp To Caliper
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Brake Fluid Reservoir
On this 2014 Murano, the wear indicator bar was situated at the top of the inner brake pad.

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

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 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 back through the system when you compress the caliper piston.

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

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

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 the cap should be replaced as soon as possible.

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 caliper grease to the friction surface of the new pads.

If your Murano previously exhibited shuddering, pulsations, or vibrations in the rear 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 rear 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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Replace Pad Abutment Clips
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Wear Bar - Top New Inner Pad
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Push New Pads Against Rotor
If your set of new rear 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.

Install the new brake pads in to the bracket with the wear indicator bar situated at the top of the inner brake pad.

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

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Lower Caliper Over Pads
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Lubricate & Replace Bolts / Pins
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Spin In Caliper Bolt
In order for the brake caliper to operate smoothly, the two caliper slider pins need to be well lubricated.

Apply some brake parts lubricant grease to the smooth section of the upper caliper bolt / slider pin.

Apply some brake caliper grease to the sections of the lower caliper bolt / slider pin that you are able to access.

Swing the caliper up, over the new pads and back in to the bracket.

Push the two caliper slider pins back in to place and spin in the bolts a few turns by hand in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the SUV) to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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Spin In Lower Caliper Bolt
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Tighten 14mm Caliper Bolts
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Tighten Counterclockwise
Tighten the upper caliper bolt 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 ft-lbs of torque.

Then tighten the lower caliper bolt with the standard 14mm wrench. (Unless you have a small enough 14mm socket that will fit over the lower caliper bolt.)

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.

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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
The brake fluid bleeder valve is located underneath a rubber cap on the back side of the caliper just below the top caliper bolt.

Replace the rear wheel.

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

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

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 rear 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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