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Toyota Camry Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on an 8th generation 2018 to 2022 Toyota Camry with the part numbers.

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2018 Camry Front Wheel
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Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
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Raise Front of Vehicle
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the XV70 eighth generation (2018, 2019 and possibly also the 2020, 2021 & 2022 model years) Toyota Camry sedan in changing the front disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Toyota, Scion and Lexus vehicles such as the Avalon, Corolla, Prius, Yaris, Mirai, 86, Sienna, RAV4, Highlander, 4Runner, C-HR, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Hilux, RX 350, IS 250, IS 350, CT 200H, GS 450h, GX 470, LX 470, UX 200, NX 300 and UX 250h may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The original OEM front brake pads on this 2018 Camry were part number Toyota 04465-0E060.

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, an "F" clamp and a tube of brake caliper grease.



 

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Spin Off Lug Nuts
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Five Lug Nuts Removed
The first few steps are to drive the vehicle on to a level surface, shift the transmission into park and turn off the ignition.

Then engage the emergency / parking brake and place wheel chocks on both sides of the rear tires to help prevent the vehicle from moving.

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts on the front wheel by turning them about 1/4 to 1/2 turn in the counterclockwise direction with the tire iron.

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

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 and set them aside in a safe place.

Pull off the front wheel and set it aside.

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Rotor, Caliper, Bracket
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Loose Top Caliper Bolt
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Loosen Bottom Bolt
Once the front wheel and tire are out of the way, you'll be able to see the rotor, bracket, caliper and suspension.

The front brake caliper is held in place by two bolts located on the back side of the caliper. The bolt heads face in towards the engine bay.

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 (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

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

Rest the caliper on the rotor or suspend it from the suspension spring with a bungee cord or some twine.

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Remove Old Inner Pad
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Remove Old Outer Pad
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Pad Abutment Clips
Pull the old inner and outer brake pads out of the bracket.

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

On this 2018 Camry, the wear indicator bars were situated at the top of both the inner and outer brake pads.

If your set of new front brake pads includes a bag of replacement hardware, remove the old pad abutment or "anti-rattle" clips out of the top and bottom of the bracket.

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

Apply a thin layer of brake caliper grease to the new pad abutment clips where they will come in contact with the bracket or the ends of the new pads.

Push the new pad abutment clips into the top and bottom of the bracket.

Make sure that the clips are fully seated into the bracket.

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Remove Caliper Slider Pins
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Lubricate & Replace Pins
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Attach "F" Clamp
In order for the caliper to operate smoothly, the two caliper slider pins or "guide bolts" need to be well lubricated.

Pull the two pins out of their rubber dust boots and apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant grease to the smooth parts of each pin.

Push the caliper slider pins back into their rubber dust boots.

In order for the caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, the caliper piston needs to be compressed back or "retracted" into place.

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

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Brake Fluid Reservoir
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Twist Off Cap
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Compress Caliper Piston
Move to the right rear area of the engine bay (close to the driver's seat).

The brake fluid reservoir bottle is located just behind the 12V automotive battery.

Twist off the reservoir cap in the counterclockwise direction and set it aside in a safe place.

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

Repeatedly check the fluid level in the reservoir to make sure it doesn't over flow.

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

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



 

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Replace Reservoir Cap
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Install New Outer Pad
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Install New Inner Pad
As soon as you are done compressing the caliper piston, replace the reservoir tank cap by turning it in the clockwise direction.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic so it readily absorbs moisture from the air. The cap shouldn't be left off the reservoir for any longer than necessary.

If your Camry has been exhibiting vibrations or shuddering in the front end while braking, you may need to replace the old rotors with new rotors.

To replace the rotors, remove the two 17mm bolts on the back side of the bracket, slide the old rotor and slide the new into place.

Install the new inner and outer brake pads into the bracket.

The wear indicator bars should be situated at the top of both pads.

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

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Push New Pads Together
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Bracket Bolt - 17mm
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Lower Caliper Over Pads
Carefully lower the caliper over the new pads and into the bracket.

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

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Spin In Top Caliper Bolt
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Spin In Bottom Bolt
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Tighten Upper Bolt
Spin in the two caliper bolts a few turns by hand in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the car) to help prevent them from becoming cross threaded.
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Tighten Lower Bolt
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Rubber Valve Cap
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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
Tighten the two caliper bolts in the counterclockwise direction with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight or about 20 to 25 lb-ft of torque.

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

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

Check out my Acura MDX Brake Fluid Bleeding Guide for more information on this topic.

The brake fluid bleeder valve is located just below the top caliper bolt. You'll need an 8mm wrench to open the bleeder valve.

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

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Push On Front Wheel
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Spin On Five Lug Nuts
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Slightly Tighten Lug Nuts
Carefully replace the front wheel.

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

Slightly tighten the lug nuts in the clockwise direction in a star or criss-cross pattern with the lug nut wrench.

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Lower Car From Stands
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Torque Lug Nuts
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Front Wheel Replaced
Carefully lower the car from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

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

The owner's manual specification for the lug nuts is 76 lb-ft (103 Nm) of torque. It would be best to use a torque wrench to tighten the lug nuts.

Check the brake fluid level in the reservoir and add more DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid if necessary until the level reaches the "MAX" (maximum) line.

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

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

For more, check out all of my 2018-2022 Toyota Camry DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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