Mazda 5 front brake pad replacement guide diy

2010-18 Mazda 5 Front Brake Pad & Rotor Replacement DIY Guide

Last Updated on Friday Sep 15, 2017

DIY guide on how to change brake pads and rotors on Mazda 5. Instructions include pictures and videos which apply to 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 model years.

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1. Symptoms

Here are a few symptoms of worn brake pads or rotors.

  • Screeching or grinding noise when applying the brakes. 
  • Vibration or pulsation in the brake pedal
  • Vibration on your steering wheel when breaking
  • Brake Warning light on. 
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2. What you will need

  • Mazda 5 Front Brake Pads
  • Mazda5 Front Brake Rotors
    • You will also need two new front rotors. New rotors for Mazda 5 cost between $40-$60 per piece. You will need two of them. Both front rotors are identical for left and right side. Check the price on Mazda 5 Front Brake Rotors.
  • Tools Needed to Change Brake 
    • You will need a few basic tools including sockets, ratchet, brake caliper spreader or a large C clamp and a torque wrench. For more information read our article on Tools you need to change brakes.
  • Allen Wrench Set
    • Make sure you have a set of Allen wrenches. It is needed to remove the caliper guide bolts. 
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3. Instructions

Follow these DIY instructions to change the brake pads on a Mazda 5.


Step 1

Park Mazda 5 on a level surface. Engage the parking brakes and make sure the shifter is in Park.


Step 2

Loosen the lug nuts on your Mazda using the lug nut wrench

remove wheel to change brake pads on Mazda 5

Step 3

Jack up the car and remove front tire. Make sure to place jack stands under the car to support it.


Step 4

Remove caliper bolts. The bolts are covered with plastic cap. Use a flat screwdriver to remove the caps. Inside you will see two allen head bolts.

remove two caliper bolts to get Mazda5 brake pads off 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Step 5

Remove caliper. The caliper has a wire on the front that you need to remove by praying it out using a screwdriver.


Step 6

Pistons need to be pushed back into the caliper in order to accommodate the new rotor and brake pad.


Step 7

Remove caliper bracket bolts. These are 17mm bolts. A breaker bar may help to get these two bolts loose.


Step 8

Once the two bolts are removed the caliper bracket can be removed as well.


Step 9

Remove rotor screws

remove rotor front brake pads from Mazda 5 front 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Step 10

Remove rotor


Step 11

Reinstall new rotor.

replace rotors mazda 5

Step 12

Reinstall caliper bracket and torque it to spec (typically 50-100 ft/lb).

diy guide mazda 5 brake pad rotor replacement

Step 13

Apply grease to the back of brake pads, guide pins and shims

apply brake grease to mazda 5 brake pads

Step 14

Reinstall new brake pads. Reinstall the brake caliper bolts and torque to 20-25 ft/lb.

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4. Notes

  1. Rember to lubricate guide pins.
  2. Brake pad with the metal clip (wear indicator) is installed on the back of the rotor. 
  3. Caliper bracket bolts need to be torqued. Typical range 50-100 ft-lb.
  4. Don't over torque caliper guide pin bolts.
  5. Don't allow the caliper to hang by the hose.
  6. Brake dust can be harmful for your health. Wear a mask or respirator when working on the brake system.
  7. Check disc for scoring or grooves.  If either exist, resurfacing is required or rotor replacement is required. 
  8. Discs should be free and clear of oil, grease, and brake fluid.
  9. Before you drive the car, start the engine and make sure that you pump the brake pedal a few times. Do this until the pedal travel is short and firm.
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