Rear Brake Pads and Rotor Replacement DIY Nissan Quest 2011-2017

How to change Rear Brake Pads and Rotor Replacement DIY Nissan Quest 2011-2017
Published by YOUCANIC Automotive Experts 
Last Updated Nov 28, 2018 

Learn how to change rear brake pads and rotor on Nissan Quest 2011-2017. Replacing the rear brake pads on a Nissan Quest is relatively easy. Replacement pads cost between $15-$40 while a new set of rear rotors cots $60-$140.



Here are some signs that indicate that the rear Nissan Quest brake pads need to be replaced. 

  • Nissan Quest Brake Warning Light On,
  • Nissan Quest Screech, grinding noise when braking,
  • Vibration or pulsating┬ábrake pedal or steering wheel when braking
    (Often caused by warped Nissan Quest rotors)
  • Nissan Quest brake pedal needs to be pressed all the way down or very hard for the car to stop.
  • Parking Brake doesn't hold

What you will need

Parts Needed

  • Nissan Quest Rear Brake Pads ┬á
    • We strongly recommend ceramic pads. The typical cost of rear brake pads on Nissan Quest is $20-$40.
  • Nissan Quest Rear Rotor
    • Replacement rear rotors for Nissan Quest can be found for as low as $50 per rotor.
  • Brake Pad Grease
    • Grease the back of the pads and the guide pins or you may hear squeaks when braking.

Tools Needed



Step 1

Park vehicle on a level surface. Engage the rear parking brakes on your Nissan.

Step 2

Loosen the lug nuts before you jack up your Nissan or you will have a hard time getting the lug nuts lose.

Remove wheel to change rear brake pads on Nissan Quest 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Step 3

Jack up the car and remove the wheel.

Step 4

Next, you will need to loosen the 14mm caliper bolts to get the brake caliper out.

How to replace rear brake pads on Nissan Quest 2011-2017

Step 5

Remove brake caliper. Do not let the brake caliper hang on the brake hose.

Step 6

Press the brake caliper piston in. Pistons need to be pushed back into the caliper in order to accommodate the new rotor and brake pad. Because the rear brake caliper has the emergency/parking brakes integrated into it, the cylinder may need to be rotated for it to go back.

Step 7

Use a breaker bar to remove bracket bolts.

Nissan Quest change rear brake rotors diy

Step 8

Remove rotor from the car.

Step 9

Install new rotor. Reinstall caliper bracket and torque it to 85Nm.

Nissan Quest Replace rear Rotor DIY Guide 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Step 10

Clean shims and apply grease to the back of brake pads. Apply silicone based grease to the ends of the brake pads.

Clean and apply grease to rear brake pads Nissan Quest

Rember to clean and apply grease to caliper guide pins.

Step 11

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

Step 12

Install the wheel. Slowly lower your Quest to the ground. Torque the lug nuts in a star pattern to manufactures recommendation. Typical: 70-90 Ft/Lbs


  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.
  1. Nissan Quest Service Manual See file BR.pdf - Source:
  2. 2011 Nissan Quest Rear Brakes DIY