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Infiniti QX60 Rear Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the rear disc brake pads on a 1st generation 2013 to 2020 Infiniti QX60 with the part numbers.

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2020 QX60 Rear Wheel
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Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
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Rear Floor Jack Point
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020) Infiniti QX60 luxury SUV in changing the rear disc brake pads, lubricating the caliper slider pins and replacing the rotors if necessary.

Owners of other Infiniti and Nissan vehicles such as the JX35, Q50, Q60, QX50, QX80, Pathfinder, Murano, Rogue, Armada, Kicks, Frontier, Titan, NV, NV200, 370Z, GT-R, Leaf, Maxima, Altima, Sentra and Versa might also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible sets of new rear brake pads with their part numbers include the following: Bosch BC905, Akebono ACT905, KFE KFE905-104, Power Stop Z23-905, DuraGo BP905 and Bendix CFC1415.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include a lug nut wrench, a floor jack, two jack stands, a 14mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratchet, a 14mm wrench, an "F" clamp and a tube of brake caliper grease.

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

Make sure the manual foot lever operated emergency / parking brake is NOT engaged. If the parking brake is applied, you will not be able to pull the rear caliper off the old pads.

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


Attention - If your Infiniti vehicle has an "EPB" (electronic / electric parking brake) you will need to either use an OBD2 scanner (OBDII scan tool) to retract the parking brake motors or detach the EPB motor from the caliper and manually turn back the threaded rod mechanism inside the caliper that pushes out the piston. Proceed at your own risk!


If your Infiniti has the manual foot lever cable operated emergency / parking brake like the 2020 QX60 on this page, you may safely continue with this guide.

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.

I prefer to only work on one side of the vehicle at a time to keep three tires on the ground for extra safety.



 

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Floor Jack Tools
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Raise Rear of SUV
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Spin Off 5 Lug Nuts
The floor jack, crank handle and lug nut wrench are located in the cargo area's storage compartment.

The rear "jack point" is labeled with a red arrow and dot in Picture # 3 above.

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

Spin off the five lug nuts in the counterclockwise direction.

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Five Lug Nuts Removed
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Rotor, Bracket, Caliper
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Rear Brake Caliper
Set the five lug nuts aside in a safe place.

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

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

The rear brake caliper is held in place to the bracket (also known as the "torque member" in the service manual) by two bolts on the back side of the caliper with the bolt heads facing in towards the cargo area.

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Loosen Top Caliper Bolt
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Loosen Bottom Bolt
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Hit With Rubber Mallet
Loosen the top caliper bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction (when viewed from the outside of the SUV) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

If you have trouble getting your socket and ratchet over the rear caliper bolt due to the rear trailing arm being in the way, use a standard 14mm wrench.

Loosen the bottom caliper bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm wrench.

I used a rubber mallet to hit the 14mm wrench and begin loosening the bottom bolt.

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Spin Out Top Bolt / Pin
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Blocked By Trailing Arm
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Swing Off Rear Caliper
The caliper bolts also act as the caliper sliding pins.

Spin out the top combination caliper bolt / slider pin and set it down on a clean paper towel or shop rag.

Since the bottom bolt / pin can't be removed due to the rear trailing arm being in the way, you can just swing down the rear caliper to access the old brake pads.

(If you want to fully remove the lower bolt / pin, you don't have to detach the rear trailing arm. You can just remove the two bolts on the bracket and detach the entire rear braking assembly from the knuckle.)

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Wear Bar - Top Inner
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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 bar or "squeal bar" is situated on the old brake pads.

On this 2020 QX60, the wear indicator bar was located at the top of the inner brake pad.

If your set of new rear pads includes a bag of replacement brake hardware, pull the old 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 brake parts cleaner spray.

Avoid breathing in the brake dust or cleaning spray since they may 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 ends of the new pads.

Avoid getting grease on the friction surface of the rotor or the new pads.

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

Make sure the pad abutment clips are fully seated in the bracket.

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Replace Abutment Clips
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Lubricate Slider Pin
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Lubricate Trapped Pin
In order for the caliper to operate smoothly, the two caliper slider pins need to be well lubricated.

Apply some brake caliper grease to the smooth part of the upper pin / bolt.

Do NOT apply grease to the threads on the caliper bolt.

Do your best to apply some grease to the part of the caliper slider pin / bolt that is trapped in place by the rear trailing arm.

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Attach "F" Clamp
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Brake Fluid Reservoir
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Twist Off Reservoir Cap
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 situated next to the engine air filter box.

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

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

Attention - If your Infiniti vehicle is equipped with an electric parking brake or "EPB", it will need to be retracted into the service position with a scan tool or by removing the EPB assembly and manually turning back the threaded rod. Do not use an "F" clamp on a rear caliper equipped with an EPB!

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

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

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

Make sure you don't pinch or damage the rubber dust boot that surrounds the piston.

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

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

Since brake fluid is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air), the cap shouldn't be left off any longer than necessary.

If the brake fluid absorbs too much water from the air, it could lead to a lower boiling point and reduced braking performance.

If your QX60 has been exhibiting shuddering, shaking or vibrations in the rear end while braking, the OEM rotors might be warped and should be replaced.

A few compatible replacement rear brake rotors with their part numbers are as follows: Bosch 40011040, Bendix PRT5537, ACDelco 18A1665A and Centric 120.42078.

To replace the rotors, remove the two 19mm bolts on the back side of the bracket, set the bracket aside, pull off the old rotor, slide the new rotor into place, re-attach the bracket and replace the two 19mm bolts.

An optional step is to apply some Loctite Blue (medium strength - removable with hand tools) or Loctite Red (high strength - heat required for removal) threadlocker adhesvie fluid to the bracket bolts to help prevent them from vibrating loose.

If you have a torque wrench, the 2014 / 2015 QX60 and 2013 Pathfinder service manual specification for tightening the two caliper bracket (also known as the "torque member") bolts is 62 lb-ft.

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

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Wear Bar - Top Inner
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Install New Inner Pad
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Push Pads Against Rotor
The wear indicator bar or "squeal bar" should be situated at the top of the inner brake pad.

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

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

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Spin In Top Bolt / Pin
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Spin In Bottom Bolt / Pin
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Tighten Upper Bolt
If you haven't already done so, apply some caliper grease to the top combination bolt / slider pin.

Swing the caliper up, over the new pads and into the bracket.

Line up the bolt hole in the caliper with the corresponding bolt hole in the bracket.

Push the top caliper slider pin / bolt back into the caliper and bracket.

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

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Tighten Lower Bolt
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Rubber Valve Cap
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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
Tighten the lower caliper bolt / pin by turning it in the counterclockwise direction (when viewed from the outside of the SUV) with the 14mm wrench.

If you have a torque wrench, the specification for tightening the rear brake caliper bolts on a 2014 / 2015 QX60 and a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is 32 lb-ft.

It may be difficult to place a torque wrench over the lower bolt due to the rear trailing arm being in the way.

An optional step is to apply some Loctite Blue to the threads on the caliper bolts to help prevent them from vibrating loose.

If your brake pedal has felt soft or spongy, it would be a good idea to bleed the brake lines since they may contain a few air bubbles or moisture.

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

To open and close the rear bleeder valves, you'll need a 8mm wrench.

(The front bleeder valves are 10mm.)

The 2014 and 2015 Infiniti QX60 service manual specifies that to bleed the brake fluid, you should first disconnect the "-" negative battery terminal.

According to the 2014 / 2015 QX60 service manual, you should bleed the brake lines in the following order: "front right, front left, rear right, rear left".

So that would be starting with the front passenger, then moving to the front driver, rear passenger and finally the rear driver wheel.

I highly recommend using the Allstar Performance Bleeder Bottle since it makes the brake line bleeding procedure a quick and easy one person job.

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Push On Rear Wheel
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Spin On Five Lug Nuts
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Slightly Tighten Lug Nuts
Push the rear wheel 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 the clockwise direction in a star or criss-cross pattern with the tire iron.

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

Continue tightening the lug nuts in the clockwise direction in a criss-cross or star pattern with the tire iron until they are snug.

It would be best to use a torque wrench to properly tighten the lug nuts to the owner's manual specification of 83 lb-ft.

(Please double check the owner's manual to verify the lug nut torque specification for your SUV.)

Sit in the driver's seat and firmly pump the brake pedal a few times to move the pistons against the new pads and restore the brake line pressure. The brake pedal should feel firm and be situated at the normal height off the floor board.

Test the parking brake mechanism by setting and releasing it.

It would be a good idea to check your driveway, garage or parking spot for drops of fresh brake fluid over the next few days to make sure there isn't a leak from the reservoir or the bleeder valves.

Check the fluid level in the reservoir. If the level is below the "MIN" (minimum) mark, pour in some new DOT 3 brake fluid until it reaches the "MAX" (maximum) line.

If the level is above the "MAX" line, remove some of the fluid with a clean syringe, turkey baster or just use a clean paper towel to absorb some of the excess fluid.

Avoid getting brake fluid on the vehicle since it can easily damage painted surfaces.

Be sure to record the procedure in your SUV's service records.

Please take a look at all of the 2013-2020 Infiniti QX60 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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