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Kia Soul Rear Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the rear disc brake pads on a 2nd generation 2014 to 2019 Kia Soul including the part numbers.

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2019 Soul 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 2nd generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 model years) Kia Soul in changing the rear disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Kia, Hyundai or Genesis vehicles such as the Niro, Sportage, Sedona, Telluride, Sorento, Rio, Forte, Optima, K900, Cadenza, Stinger, Tucson, Santa Fe, Kona, Palisade, Elantra, Sonata, Accent, Veloster, Ioniq, Nexo, Venue, G70, G80 and G90 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible sets of new rear brake pads for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Soul models with their part numbers include the following: Bosch BC1594, ACDelco 17D1544CH, Bendix CFC1594, Wagner QC1594 and Raybestos SGD1544C.

Some replacement sets of new rear brake pads for the updated, revised or "facelifted" 2017, 2018 and 2019 Kia Soul model years are as follows: Power Stop Z23-1313, Bendix SBC1594, StopTech 308.15940 and Centric 105.18130.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include a lug nut wrench, a floor jack, two jack stands, a 14mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratchet, a 14mm wrench, a 17mm wrench, a Lisle 28600 disc brake piston tool with a short extension bar and a tube of high temperature synthetic brake caliper grease.

The first few steps are to drive the vehicle on to a level surface, shift the transmission into "Park" and turn off the ignition.

Make sure that the emergency / parking brake is not engaged. If the parking brake hasn't been released, you will not be able to pull the rear caliper off the old pads and out of the bracket.

Place wheel chocks on both sides of the front tires to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts on the rear wheel by turning them about 1/4 to 1/2 turn in the counterclockwise direction with the tire iron. You could also use a 13/16" socket or a 21mm socket with a 1/2" drive breaker bar or ratchet.

Carefully raise the rear of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

Please do not solely rely on the floor jack to support the vehicle!



 

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Five Lug Nuts Removed
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Caliper, Bracket, Rotor
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Rear Brake Caliper
I prefer to only work on one side of the car at a time to keep three tires on the ground for extra safety.

Spin off the five lug nuts in the counterclockwise direction and set them aside in a safe place.

Carefully pull off the rear wheel and tire to reveal the caliper, bracket, rotor and suspension.

Some home mechanics prefer to place the wheel and tire under the frame rail of the vehicle as an extra backup support device just in case both the floor jack and the jack stands fail.

The rear brake caliper is held in place to the bracket by two bolts situated on the back side of the caliper. The bolt heads face in towards the cargo area.

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Loosen Top Caliper Bolt
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Loosen Bottom Bolt
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Spin Out Lower Bolt
Loosen the top caliper bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the car) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Then loosen the bottom caliper bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction (when viewed from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

If you have trouble getting your socket and ratchet on the lower caliper bolt due to the parking brake mechanism being in the way, you can use a standard 14mm wrench.

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Remove Upper Bolt
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Lift Caliper Off Pads
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Rear Caliper Removed
Spin out the two bolts the rest of the way by hand.

Set the two bolts aside in a safe place.

Lift the caliper off the old pads and out of the bracket.

Try to avoid bending, kinking or stressing the rubber brake fluid hose.

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Screw-In Type Piston
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Two "V" Spring Clips
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Remove Spring Clips
This 2019 Kia Soul is equipped with "screw-in" type rear caliper pistons.

They will need to be turned back in order to retract the pistons to make room for the thicker new brake pads.

Do not attempt to compress back the "screw-in" type caliper pistons with an "F" clamp.

The previous first generation 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Kia Soul models were equipped with standard rear caliper pistons that could be compressed back with an "F" clamp.

Pull the two "V" or "U" shaped metal spring clips off the outer edge of the old brake pads.

Save the spring clips for re-installation later on. Your set of new rear brake pads might come with new spring clips.

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Set Aside Two Clips
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Wear Bar - Bottom Inner
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Remove Old Brake Pads
Pull the old inner and outer brake pads out of the bracket.

Make a mental note of where the wear indicator bar or "squeal" bar is located on the old brake pads.

On this 2019 Soul, the wear indicator bar was situated at the bottom of the inner brake pad.

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Pad Abutment Clips
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Replace Two Clips
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Pull Out Caliper Slider Pins
If your new set of rear pads included a bag of replacement brake hardware, pull the old pad abutment clips or "anti-rattle" clips out of the top and bottom of the bracket.

Clean off the caliper, bracket, rotor and lug studs with brake parts cleaner spray.

Try to avoid breathing in the brake dust or the cleaning spray since they could be carcinogenic.

Apply some brake parts lubricant grease to the top and bottom of the new pad abutment clips where they will come in contact with the bracket or the ends of the new brake pads.

Push the new pad abutment clips into the top and bottom of the bracket. Make sure the clips are fully seated.

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

Avoid mixing up the top and bottom caliper slider pins since they are different.

Pull one caliper slider pin out of its rubber dust boot attached to the bracket.

Apply a thin layer of brake caliper grease to the pin and then push it back into the dust boot.

Turn the pin a few times and push it in and out to help spread the grease.

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Lubricate & Replace Pins
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Disc Brake Piston Tool
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Twist Off Reservoir Cap
Repeat the process to lubricate the other caliper slider pin.

In order for the caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, the "screw-in" type rear caliper piston will need to be turned back.

Test fit each side of the Lisle 28600 disc brake piston tool to see which side has the best grip on the "screw-in" rear caliper piston.

Attach the tool to a short extension bar and the 3/8" drive ratchet.

Move to the right rear (driver) side of the engine bay and locate the brake fluid reservoir tank. The reservoir is situated behind the 12V automotive battery and just in front of the cowl near the windshield.

Twist off the brake fluid reservoir bottle cap in the counterclockwise direction.

Set the cap aside in a safe place.

Removing the reservoir cap will allow the brake fluid to more easily travel back through the system when you turn back the caliper piston.



 

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Rotate Back Caliper Piston
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Turning Piston Clockwise
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Replace Brake Fluid Cap
Slowly turn the piston in the clockwise direction while also gently pushing in to retract the piston back into the caliper.

Repeatedly check the brake fluid level in the reservoir while you are turning back the piston to make sure it doesn't overflow.

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

Continue retracting the piston until it is just about flush with the rubber dust boot that surrounds it.

Make sure that the groove (cutout area) in the piston lines up with the peg or "lobe" situated at the center of the new inner brake pad. You can test fit the new inner brake pad by placing it inside the caliper against the piston. Rotate the piston in or out to line up the groove and peg.

Replace the reservoir cap as soon as possible once you are done compressing the caliper piston.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means it easily absorbs moisture from the air. Too much moisture in the brake fluid could lead to reduced braking performance and a lower boiling point.

If you've been feeling shuddering, vibrations or shaking in the rear of the vehicle when you step on the brake pedal, you may need to replace the OEM rotors with new rotors.

A few compatible replacement rear rotors with their part numbers are as follows: DuraGo BR901100, Centric 120.51043, Bendix PRT6149 and ACDelco 18A2853A.

To replace the rear rotors, remove the two 14mm bolts on the back side of the bracket that secure it to the wheel hub. Remove the bracket and also remove the two Phillips head set screws on the outer face of the rotor. Slide the rotor straight off the wheel hub. If you have trouble removing a stuck or "frozen" rotor, hit it a few times with a rubber mallet. Push the new rotor into place over the lug studs. Replace the two Phillips head set screws and re-attach the bracket with the two 14mm bolts.

If you have a torque wrench, the specification in the service manual for the two 14mm caliper bracket (also known as the "caliper carrier") bolts is 47.0 to 54.2 lb-ft of torque.

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Install New Outer Pad
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Wear Bar - Inner Pad
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Push Pads Against Rotor
Install the new inner and outer brake pads into the bracket.

On this 2019 Soul, the wear indicator bar was situated at the bottom of the inner brake pad.

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

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Re-Attach Spring Clip
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Replace Top "V" Clip
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Lower Caliper Over Pads
If your new pads are equipped with the small holes on the outer edges, re-attach the two "V" or "U" shaped metal spring clips.

The spring clips act as pad spreaders to help keep the pads from rubbing against the rotor while the vehicle is coasting and you are not actively braking. By reducing friction, the spring clips may increase your fuel economy (MPG).

Carefully lower the caliper over the new pads and into the bracket.

Try to avoid stressing or pulling on the rubber brake fluid hose.

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Line Up Bolt Holes
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Spin In Bottom Bolt
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Spin In Top Bolt
Line up the bolt holes in the caliper with their corresponding holes in the slider pins situated within the bracket.

Spin in the two caliper bolts a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to help prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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Tighten Upper Bolt
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Tighten Lower Bolt
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Double Check Bolts
Tighten the two bolts in the counterclockwise direction (when viewed from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet or a 14mm wrench to just past hand tight.

If you have a torque wrench, the service manual specification for the two 14mm caliper bolts (or "guide rod bolts") is 15.9 to 23.1 lb-ft of torque.

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

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Rubber Valve Cap
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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
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Rear Caliper Secured
If your brake pedal has been feeling soft or spongy, the brake fluid in the hoses may contain some air bubbles or moisture. It would be best to bleed the brake fluid at this time and replace it with fresh DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid.

I recommend using the Allstar Performance Bleeder Bottle since it makes bleeding the brake lines an easy one person job.

Check out my Acura MDX Brake Line Bleeding Guide for more information on this topic and how to use the bleeder bottle.

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

You'll need a standard 10mm wrench to open and close the brake fluid bleeder valves.

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Push On Rear Wheel
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Spin On Five Lug Nuts
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Slightly Tighten Clockwise
Carefully push the rear wheel over the five lug studs.

Spin on the five lug nuts a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to help prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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

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Lower Car From Stands
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Torque 5 Lug Nuts
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Rear Brake Job Done
Carefully lower the car from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Continue tightening the lug nuts in a criss-cross or star pattern to about 1/8th of a turn past hand tight.

It would be best to use a torque wrench to tighten the lug nuts to the owner's manual specification of 65.1 to 79.6 lb-ft of torque.

Check the brake fluid level in the reservoir and if necessary, pour in some new brake fluid until it reaches the "MAX" (maximum or full) line.

Sit in the driver's seat and firmly pump the brake pedal several times to restore the brake line pressure.

Take the car for a short test drive and listen closely for any strange sounds that might indicate a problem.

It would also be a good idea to check your driveway, garage or parking spot for drops of fresh brake fluid during the next few days and make sure that the lug nuts are still tight.

Don't forget to write down the brake pad change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, please check out all of my 2014-2019 Kia Soul DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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