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

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2018 Camry Rear Wheel
Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
Raise Rear 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 rear 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 tools 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 15mm wrench, an "F" clamp and a tube of brake caliper grease.

A few compatible sets of new rear brake pads with their part numbers include the following: Wagner ZD1212, ACDelco 17D1212CH, Power Stop Z23-1212, Wagner QC1212, Centric 301.12120 and Bendix CFC1212.


Spin Off Five Lug Nuts
5 Lug Nuts Removed
Caliper, Bracket, Rotor
The first few steps are to drive the car on to a level surface, place the transmission in park and turn off the ignition.

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

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

Carefully raise the rear of the car with the floor jack and 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.

Remove the rear wheel to reveal the caliper, bracket, pads, rotor and suspension.

Loosen Top Caliper Bolt
Loosen Bottom Bolt
Remove Caliper Bolts
The rear 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 trunk in the middle of the car.

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 also turning it in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Spin out the two caliper bolts and set them aside in a safe place.

Top Bolt Removed
Pull Off Rear Caliper
Rest Caliper On Rotor
Carefully pull the caliper out of the bracket and off the old pads.

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

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

Old Pads Exposed
Remove Old Inner Pad
Remove Old Outer Pad
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 situated on the old pads.

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

Pad Abutment Clips
Pull Out Caliper Slider Pins
Lubricate & Replace Pins
If your new set of rear brake 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 lug studs, rotor, bracket and caliper with brake parts cleaner spray.

Try to avoid breathing in the brake dust or the cleaner spray.

Apply some brake parts lubricant grease to the top and bottom of the new pad abutment clips.

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

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

Pull the caliper slider pins out of their rubber dust boots attached to the bracket.

Apply a thin layer of brake caliper grease to the smooth parts of each pin before pushing them back into place.

Spin the pins around a few times by hand to help spread the grease.

Attach F Clamp To Caliper
Right Rear Engine Bay
Twist Off Reservoir Cap
In order for the caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, you will need to compress back or "retract" the caliper piston.

Attach the "F" clamp to the caliper and use 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 locate the brake fluid reservoir bottle.

The brake fluid reservoir is situated just behind the 12V automotive battery and in front of the cowl near the windshield.

Twist off the reservoir cap in the counterclockwise direction.

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


Compress Caliper Piston
Replace Brake Fluid Cap
Install New Outer Pad
Slowly turn the "F" clamp handle in the clockwise direction to compress back the caliper piston.

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

Try to avoid pinching or damaging the rubber dust boot around the piston.

As soon as you done retracting the piston, replace the brake fluid reservoir cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic so it readily absorbs moisture from the air which could lead to reduced braking performance.

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

To replace the rotors, remove the two 17mm bracket bolts, remove the bracket, slide off the old rotor and slide the new one into place. Replace the bracket and the two 17mm bracket bolts.

Install New Inner Pad
Push Pads Against Rotor
Lower Caliper Over Pads
Install the new inner and outer brake pads into the bracket.

The wear indicator bars should be situated at the bottom of both the inner and outer brake pads.

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

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

Spin In Top Bolt
Spin In Bottom Bolt
Tighten Caliper Bolt
Line up the bolt holes in the caliper with their corresponding bolts holes in the slider pins within the bracket.

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.

Tighten Top Bolt
Rubber Valve Cap
Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
Tighten the two caliper bolts in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the car) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight or about 25 lb-ft of torque.

If the caliper slider pins spin as you are trying to tighten the caliper bolts, hold them in place with a 15mm 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.

Replace Rear Wheel
Spin On Five Lug Nuts
Slightly Tighten Clockwise
Push the rear wheel back into place.

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 five 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 car from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Continue tightening the lug nuts in the clockwise direction in a star or criss-cross pattern to just past hand tight.

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

It would be a good idea to check your driveway, parking spot or garage floor for drops of fresh brake fluid over the new few days and also double check that the lug nuts are still tight after your first trip.

Sit in the driver's seat and firmly pump the brake pedal a few times to restore the brake line pressure and move the caliper pistons against the new pads.

Be sure to record the brake pads 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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