Is the brake of your Nissan Sentra feel weak and soft? Learn how to fix the problem by replacing your vehicle’s front brake pads and rotor. This guide is a step-by-step procedure for removing and replacing the front brake pads and rotor on a Nissan Sentra 2013-2019.
What you will need
- Nissan Sentra Front Brake Pads
- Nissan Sentra Front Rotor
- Mechanic Metric Toolset
- 14mm Wrench
- 19mm Wrench
- Flathead Screwdriver
- Wire Brush
- Floor Jack
- Jack Stands
- Park the vehicle on a flat-level ground surface.
- Loosen the front wheel’s lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise using a lug wrench.
- Jack up the vehicle’s front and support it with jack stands.
- Take off the lug nuts and remove the wheel from the vehicle.
- Turn the steering wheel to the left or right to have wider access to the bolts on the carrier and caliper.
- Loosen the two 14mm bolts on the caliper by turning them counterclockwise using a 14mm wrench. Then entirely remove the lower bolt from the caliper.
- Pull the caliper up and remove the brake pads from the carrier by pulling them out. If the brake pads are difficult to remove, pry them out using a flathead screwdriver.
- Push the piston on the caliper by placing the brake pad on the caliper and pushing it using a brake spreader tool.
- Remove the upper bolt on the caliper by pulling it out from the vehicle. Then place the caliper to where the brake cables won’t be stretched.
- Loosen and remove the two 19mm bolts on the carrier by turning them counterclockwise using a 19mm breaker bar and wrench.
- Remove the carrier from the rotor by pulling it out.
- Remove the rotor from the vehicle by pulling it out. If the rotor is difficult to remove, use a hammer to push the rotor out.
- Line up the new rotor to the vehicle and press it in to set it into place.
- Clean the carrier by using a wire brush. Do not breathe in the dust, and better to wear a mask when cleaning the carrier.
- Pull the guide pins out from the carrier and wipe them clean.
- Add a tiny amount of caliper grease to the guide pins and reinstall them to the carrier.
- Place the carrier back to the rotor and reinstall the 19mm bolts on the carrier by turning them clockwise using the 19mm wrench.
- Line up the brake pads into the carrier and press them to set them into place. Make sure the brake pads are in their proper orientation.
- Place the caliper back to the carrier and reinstall two 14mm bolts on the caliper by turning them clockwise using the 14mm wrench. If the guide pins are spinning while tightening the bolts, use another wrench or a plier to hold the guide pins.
- Place the wheel back in the vehicle and reinstall its lug nuts.
- Remove the jack stands and release the floor jack.
- Press the brake pedal several times to set the pressure back to the brake pads.
We hope you find the 2013–2019 Nissan Sentra Front Brake Pad & Rotor DIY guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Nissan.