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This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to replace the rear brake pads and rotors on Tesla Model 3. 

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What you will need


  1. Park the Tesla on level ground. parked tesla model 3


  2. Loosen the lug nuts but do not remove them yet. 
  3. Jack-up the vehicle and secure it with jack stands. Place wheel chocks on the wheel on the opposite side to prevent the vehicle from rolling. In the next step, we will be releasing the parking brakes, which can lead to the vehicle rolling off if it is not secured. tesla rear brake pad job diy


  4. Insert a flathead screwdriver between the brake pad and rotor and push the brake pad back to push the piston back into the brake caliper. tesla rear brake caliper
  5. Put the vehicle in service mode or what is also known as tow mode by going to the SERVICE section on the touchpad. Pry out the red clip, then press and pull the connector.  tesla model 3 brake caliper


  6. Remove two 13mm bolt on the back of the brake caliper. brake caliper bolt 1brake caliper bolt


  7. Remove the brake caliper from the rotor. 
  8. Remove the brake pads from the brake caliper. 
  9. Remove two 17mm bolts on the back of the brake caliper bracket. 
  10. Remove one 10mm set bolt that secures the rotor to the wheel hub. 
  11. Remove the rotor from the vehicle. If the rotor is rusted, it may help to spray penetrating fluid. 
  12. Install the new rotor, brake caliper bracket, and brake pads in reverse order.tesla rear brake pad replacement diy


  13. Torque all bolts to specification. 

Torque Specifications

  • Lug nuts: 130 lbf-ft
  • Brake caliper bolts: 40 lbf-ft
  • Brake caliper bracket bolts: 100 lbf-ft

Estimated torque values. Contact Tesla and verify.