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Step-by-step procedure on how to replace the front brake pad and rotor on a 2013-2018 Mazda 3 3rd Gen.

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What you will need

Procedure

1.Park the vehicle on a flat level surface. Loosen the lug nuts of the front wheel. 

Loosening the lug nuts on the front wheel.

2. Jack up the vehicle and support it with jack stands. Remove the lug nuts and carry the wheel out.

3.Turn the steering wheel to have easier access to the caliper bolts.

4. Remove the 13mm bolts on the piston caliper. If the guide pins are spinning when you loosen the bolts, use another wrench to hold them.

Removing the 13mm bolts on the piston caliper.

 

5.Pull the piston caliper unit out and set it aside to where the brake cables won't be stretched.

Setting the piston caliper aside.

6.Remove the 17mm bolts on the caliper carrier and pull it out from the vehicle.

The 17mm bolts holding the caliper carrier.

 

 

Removing the 17mm bolts on the caliper carrier.

7. Remove the brake pads by pushing them to the center of the carrier.

Removing the rotor out from the vehicle.

8.Remove the rotor dics using a hammer and carry it out from the vehicle.

Removing the rotor out from the vehicle.

9. Clean the rotor installation port and caliper carrier using a wire brush to remove corrosion, dirt and debris off the rotor.

Cleaning the rotor installation port using a wire brush.

10. Push the piston in the caliper using a clamp and the old brake pad or piston compressor.

Pushing the piston on the piston caliper using a piston compressor.

11. Install the new rotor of the vehicle.

Installing the new rotor of the vehicle.

12. Check on the guide pins on the carrier by moving them back and forth. If the guide pins are not moving efficiently, pull them out from the carrier and add lubricate the caliper bolt with grease.

Putting caliper grease on the guide pins on the carrier.

13. Line up the brake pad on the carrier and push them to set it into place.

Installing the new brake pad to the carrier.

 

Installing the new brake pad to the carrier.

 

14.Place the carrier back to the rotor disc and reinstall the two 17mm bolts.

Reinstalling the carrier back to the vehicle.

 

15.Place the piston caliper back to the carrier and reinstall the two 13mm bolts.

Installing the piston caliper back to the carrier.

 

16. Carry the wheel back to the vehicle and reinstall the lug nuts. Torque to specification. 

17. Start engine but don't drive yet. Press the brake pedal a few times to put the pressure back to the brake caliper.

18. Turn off the engine and check the brake fluid level. Add brake fluid if level is low. 

Torque Specifications

Front Brake Pads/Rotor Replacement Mazda 3 2013-2018 Step-by-step procedure on how to replace the front brake pad and rotor on a 2013-2018 Mazda 3 3rd Gen.