In this guide, you will learn how to change brake pads and rotors on Mazda 5. These instructions apply to model years 2010, through 2018.
What you will need
- Park Mazda 5 on a level surface. Engage the parking brakes and make sure the shifter is in Park.
- Loosen the lug nuts on your Mazda using the lug nut wrench. Use a breaker bar if necessary to get the lug nuts loose. Do not remove them yet.
- Jack up the car and remove the front tire. Support the vehicle with jack stands. Do not rely on the car jack only.
- Next, you will need to remove caliper bolts. First, you will need to remove the black plastic cap. Use a flat screwdriver to remove the caps. Inside you will see two Allen head bolts.
- Remove the caliper retainer by praying it out using a screwdriver.
- Push the piston back into the caliper. Pistons need to be pushed back into the caliper in order to accommodate the new rotor and brake pad.
- Remove caliper 17mm bracket bolts. A breaker bar will help to get these two bolts loose.
- Once the two bolts are removed the caliper bracket can be removed as well.
- Remove the set screws from the rotor.
- Remove rotor from wheel hub.
- Clean any dirt or rust from the wheel hub then install new rotor.
- Reinstall caliper bracket and torque the 17mm bolts to 80 ft/lb.
- Apply grease to the back of brake pads, guide pins, and shims
- Reinstall new brake pads. Reinstall the brake caliper bolts and torque to 25 ft/lb.
Follow these DIY instructions to change the brake pads on a Mazda 5.