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Kia Sportage Rear Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the rear disc brake pads on a 4th generation 2017 to 2022 Kia Sportage SUV with the part numbers.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2018 Sportage Rear Wheel
Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
Chock Front Wheels
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2017, 2018, 2019 and probably also the refreshed 2020, 2021 and 2022) Kia Sportage SUV in changing the rear disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

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

A few compatible replacement sets of new rear brake pads with their part numbers include the following: Power Stop 16-1848, EBC Brakes DP41769R, Callahan CPK01169, PBR 3551-1848-00 and Bendix CFC1848.

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 or a 14mm wrench, an "F" clamp and a tube of brake caliper grease.

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

Make sure that the emergency / parking brake is NOT engaged. The parking brake must be released so that you can pull the caliper off the old brake pads.

Place wheel chocks behind the front tires to prevent the car from moving.


Rear Jack Point
Raise Rear of Vehicle
Loosen Counterclockwise
Slightly loosen the five lug nuts on the rear wheel by turning them about 1/4 to 1/2 turn in the counterclockwise direction.

Look under the rear passenger door and locate the jack point.

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

Do not solely rely on the floor jack to support the car.

Spin Off Five Lug Nuts
5 Lug Nuts Removed
Bracket, Caliper, Rotor
Spin off the five lug nuts in the counterclockwise direction and set them aside in a safe place.

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

Set the rear wheel aside in a safe place. Some people choose to place the wheel under the frame rail of the car as an extra safety measure just in case the floor jack and both jack stands happen to fail.

Rear Brake Caliper
Loosen Top Caliper Bolt
Loosen Bottom Bolt
The rear brake caliper is held in place to the bracket by two bolts located on the back side of the caliper.

The bolt heads face in towards the cargo area.

Loosen the top caliper bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) 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 car) with the 14mm socket and the 3/8" drive ratchet.

Spin Out Lower Bolt
Remove Upper Bolt
Two Bolts Removed
Spin out the two bolts by hand and set them aside in a safe place.
Pull Off Caliper
Rest Caliper On Suspension
Old Pads Exposed
Carefully pull the brake caliper out of the bracket and off the old pads.

If you have trouble removing the caliper, make sure that the emergency / parking brake has been released.

Rest the caliper on the suspension or on top of the rotor. You can also suspend it from the suspension spring with a bungee cord or some twine rope.

Once the caliper is out of the way, you'll be able to see the old pads and the two metal "U" or "V" shaped spring clips.

Pull Off Spring Clips
Remove Lower Spring Clip
Wear Bar - Inner Pad
Remove the two "U" or "V" shaped metal spring clips from the outer edge of the old pads.

Save them for re-installation later if your new set of pads didn't include replacement clips.

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 situated on the old brake pads.

On this 2018 Sportage, the wear indicator bar was situated at the bottom of the inner brake pad.

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

Clean off the bracket, rotor, caliper and lug studs with some CRC Brake Cleaner spray.

Try to avoid breathing in the brake dust or the cleaner spray since they can be carcinogenic (cancer causing).

Apply a thin layer of 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 new pads.

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

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

Apply some brake caliper grease to the pins and then push them back into their rubber dust boots.

Lubricate & Replace Pins
Attach "F" Clamp
Brake Fluid Reservoir
Rotate the pins around a few times to help spread the grease.

Attach the "F" clamp to the caliper and use the back of an old brake pad to evenly distribute the pressure across the piston.

Open the hood and move to the right rear area of the engine bay.

Locate the brake fluid reservoir bottle situated behind the air filter box and to the left of the electrical fuse / relay box.

Twist Off Counterclockwise
Compress Caliper Piston
Replace Reservoir Cap
Twist off the reservoir tank cap 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction.

Set the cap aside in a safe place.

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

Slowly turn the "F" clamp handle in the clockwise direction to retract the piston back into the caliper.

Repeatedly check the fluid level in the reservoir while you are compressing the caliper piston to make sure it doesn't over flow.

Clean up any spilled brake fluid immediately and flush the area with plenty of water. Brake fluid can easily damage painted surfaces.

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

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


Wear Bar - Bottom Inner
Install New Inner Pad
Install New Outer Pad
If you've been feeling pulsations, vibrations or shuddering in the rear end of your Sportage when you step on the brake pedal, you may need to replace the original OEM rotors with new rotors.

To replace the rear rotors, remove the two set screws on the outer face of the rotor by turning them counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver, remove the two 14mm bolts on the back side of the bracket, remove the bracket and slide off the old rotor. If you have trouble removing a stuck or rusted on old rotor, hit it with a rubber mallet to loosen it. Slide the new rotor into place, replace the two set screws, replace the bracket and replace the two 14mm bolts.

The service manual specification for the bracket bolts is 57.9 to 72.3 lb-ft of torque.

The wear indicator bar should be situated at the bottom of the new inner brake pad.

Install the two new brake pads into the bracket.

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

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

Double check that the two springs clips are securely attached to the new pads.

Lower Caliper Over Pads
Line Up Bolt Holes
Spin In Bottom Bolt
Carefully lower the caliper over the new pads and into the bracket.

If you have trouble fitting the caliper over the thicker new brake pads, you may need to compress the caliper piston back a bit further.

Line up the bolt holes in the caliper with their corresponding holes in the slider pins attached to the bracket.

Spin in the two caliper bolts a few turns by hand in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) to prevent from having them become cross threaded.

Spin In Top Bolt
Tighten Upper Bolt
Tighten Lower Bolt
Tighten the two bolts in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the car) with the 14mm socket and the 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight.

If the slider pins turn as you are attempting to tighten the caliper bolts, hold them in place with a 17mm wrench.

If you have a torque wrench, the shop manual specification for the rear caliper bolts is 16 to 23 lb-ft of torque.

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

If you do any off-roading or driving on rough roads with your Sportage, consider applying some Loctite Blue medium strength thread locking adhesive fluid to the caliper bolts.

Use 14mm Wrench
Rubber Valve Cap
Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
If you have trouble using your ratchet to tighten the lower caliper bolt since the brake fluid hose is in the way, you can use a small 14mm wrench.

If your brake pedal has been feeling soft or spongy, you might need to bleed the brake lines in order to remove air bubbles or moisture in the brake fluid.

The brake fluid bleeder valve is located just below the top caliper bolt and under a rubber cap.

To open and close the bleeder valve, you'll need a 10mm wrench.

Check out my Acura MDX Brake Fluid Bleeding Guide for more information on this topic and using a one-person bleeder bottle.

Replace Rear Wheel
Spin On Five Lug Nuts
Slightly Tighten Lug Nuts
Line up the rear wheel and push it back into place over the lug studs.

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

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

Lower Car From Stands
Torque Lug Nuts
Rear Brake Pads Replaced
Carefully lower the SUV from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Continue tightening the lug nuts in a criss-cross or star pattern in the clockwise direction to about 1/4 turn past hand tight.

It would be best to use a torque wrench and properly tighten the lug nuts to the owner manual specification of 79 to 94 lb-ft of torque.

Remove the wheel chocks from the front tires.

Check the brake fluid level in the reservoir. If necessary, pour in some new DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid.

Be sure to record the brake pad change in your vehicle's service records.

Take the SUV for a short test drive with the windows down and listen closely for any strange sounds.

It would also be a good idea to check that the lug nuts are still tight and watch your driveway, parking spot or garage for drops of fresh brake fluid which might indicate a leak from the bleeder valve or the reservoir in the engine bay.

Please check out all of my 2017-2022 Kia Sportage DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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