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How to replace the rear brake pads and rotors on a Kia Forte 2018-2022.

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What you will need

Procedure

  1. Park the vehicle on a flat-level ground surface.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts using a breaker bar or a lug nut wrench.
  3. Jack up the vehicle's back and support it with jack stands.
  4. Pull the rear wheel out of the vehicle.Jacking off the vehicle's back, Supporting the vehicle with Jack Stands and Removing the rear wheel.

     

  5. Remove the two set screws on the rotor using a large Philips screwdriver.Removing the set screws on the rotor.

     

    Removing the set screws on the rotor.
  6. Release the parking brakes and disconnect the cable at the back of the brake caliper. 
  7. Remove the two 14mm bolts holding the brake caliper using a 14mm wrench.Removing the 14mm bolts holding the caliper.

     If the guide pins are spinning when loosening the 14mm bolt, use another 14mm wrench to hold the guide pins.

    Removing the 14mm bolts holding the caliper.
  8. Pull the caliper out from the carrier and set it aside.Removing the caliper from the carrier.

     

  9. Pull the two metal clips out from the brake pads.Removing the two metal clips on the brake pads.

     

    Removing the two metal clips on the brake pads.
  10. Remove the two 14mm bolts behind the rotor holding the carrier using a 14mm wrench.Removing the two 14mm bolts holding the carrier.

     

    Removing the two 14mm bolts holding the carrier.
  11. Pull the carrier out from the rotor.Removing the carrier out from the rotor.

     

  12. Push the brake pads to the middle to pop it out from the carrier.Pushing the brake pads into the middle to pop them off.

     

    Removing the brake pads on the carrier.
  13. Clean the carrier using a wire brush.Cleaning the carrier using a wire brush.

     

  14. Pull the rotor out from the vehicle. If the rotor doesn't come off easily, use a hammer to tap the back. Do not hit the dust shield.Removing the rotor out from the vehicle.

     

    Removing the rotor out of the vehicle.
  15. Push the piston on the caliper by using a rear brake piston compressor tool and turning it clockwise.Pushing the piston on the caliper using a piston compressor tool.

     

  16. Check on the guide pins by moving them in and out. If the guide pins are not moving efficiently, wipe them clean and add some caliper grease.
  17. Place the new rotor in the vehicle and reinstall the set screws. If set screws got damaged, reinstall at least one set screw. Installing the new rotor of the vehicle.

     

     

    Installing the set screws on the rotor.
  18. Line up the new brake pads into the carrier and push them in to set them into place. Make sure that the brake pads are in their correct position.Installing the new brake pads of the Kia Forte.

     

    Installing the new brake pads of the Kia Forte.
  19. Place the carrier back to the knuckle and reinstall the two bolts. Torque to specification. See below.  Reinstalling the carrier back to the rotor.

     

     

    Reinstalling the carrier bolts.
  20. Reinstall the two metal clips on the brake pads.Reinstalling the metal clips on the brake pads.

     

  21. Line up the caliper back to the carrier and reinstall the two 14mm guide pin bolts.Reinstalling the bolts on the caliper.

     

    Reinstalling the bolts on the carrier.
  22. Reinstall the rear wheel back to the vehicle.
  23. Start the engine and press on the brake pedal a few times to set the pressure back to the brake caliper.

Torque Specifications

  • Rear lug nuts: 88.3 ~ 107.9 N.m (9.0 ~ 11.0 kgf.m, 65.1 ~ 79.6 lb-ft)
  • Brake caliper guide pin bolts: 21.6 ~ 31.4 N.m (2.2 ~ 3.2 kgf.m, 15.9 ~ 23.1 lb-ft)
  • Caliper assembly to knuckle: 63.7 ~ 73.5 N.m (6.5 ~ 7.5 kgf.m, 47.0 ~ 54.2 lb-ft)