How to Change Disk Brake Pads on a Toyota Avalon
Toyota Avalon disc brakes consist of a semi-metallic compound applied to a metal backing plate with a lifetime epoxy. When you push the brake pedal, the calipers force the brake pads against the brake rotor, which stops the Avalon. The side effect is wear and tear on the brake pad and rotor. After a few thousand stops, you'll need to replace the disc brake pads on your Toyota Avalon. If you have basic automotive repair experience and a suitable place to work on your Avalon, you can tackle this job and be finished in a few hours.
- Moderately Challenging
- Lug wrench
- 2 wheel chocks
- Floor jack
- 2 jack stands
- Catch pan
- Brake cleaner
- Socket set
- White lithium grease
- Caliper tool
- Torque wrench
Loosen all the lug nuts with the lug wrench until they're finger-tight. Place the wheel chocks behind the rear wheels and then lift the front end of the Avalon with the floor jack.
Lower the front of the Avalon onto the jack stands, positioned under the front jack points on the body rail. Remove the front lug nuts and wheels by hand.
Put the catch pan underneath the right-front brake assembly. Wash all the brake dust off the assembly with the brake cleaner.
Unbolt the right-front brake caliper with the socket set. Lift it out of the caliper bracket and take the old brake pads out of the caliper by hand.
Clean the inside of the caliper thoroughly using brake cleaner. Apply a generous layer of white lithium grease to the caliper slides.
Retract the caliper pistons with the caliper tool. Insert the new brake pads by hand.
Place the caliper into the caliper bracket. Thread in the caliper bolts by hand and then tighten with the socket set.
Repeat Steps 3 through 7 on the left-front brake assembly. Reinstall the front wheels and lug nuts by hand.
Lower the front end off the jack stands with the floor jack. Move the wheel chocks to the front wheels. Lift the rear end and support it on jack stands using the floor jack.
Remove the rear wheels and lug nuts by hand. Repeat steps Steps 3 through 7 on the rear brakes. Reinstall the rear wheels and lug nuts by hand and then lower the Avalon off the jack stands.
Tighten all the lug nuts to 85 foot-pounds with the torque wrench and then move the wheel chocks away from the front tires.