2010-18 Mazda 5 Front Brake Pad & Rotor Replacement DIY Guide

In this guide you will learn how to change brake pads and rotors on Mazda 5. These instructions apply to model years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.


What you will need


  • Basic Tools 
    • 3/8 Ratchet
    • 10mm - 18mm sockets
    • Screwdriver
    • Pliers
    • Jack
    • Jack Stand
  • Allen Wrench 


Follow these DIY instructions to change the brake pads on a Mazda 5.

Step 1

Park Mazda 5 on a level surface. Engage the parking brakes and make sure the shifter is in Park.

Step 2

Loosen the lug nuts on your Mazda using the lug nut wrench

remove wheel to change brake pads on Mazda 5

Step 3

Jack up the car and remove front tire. Support the vehicle with jack stands Do not rely on the car jack only.

Step 4

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 two caliper bolts to get Mazda5 brake pads off 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Step 5

Remove caliper retainer by praying it out using a screwdriver.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

Remove caliper 17mm bracket bolts. A breaker bar will help to get these two bolts loose.

Step 8

Once the two bolts are removed the caliper bracket can be removed as well.

Step 9

Remove the set screws from the rotor.

remove rotor front brake pads from Mazda 5 front 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

Step 10

Remove rotor from wheel hub. 

Step 11

Clean any dirt or rust from the wheel hub then install new rotor.

replace rotors mazda 5

Step 12

Reinstall caliper bracket and torque the 17mm bolts to 80 ft/lb.

diy guide mazda 5 brake pad rotor replacement

Step 13

Apply grease to the back of brake pads, guide pins, and shims

apply brake grease to mazda 5 brake pads

Step 14

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


  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.

By YOUCANIC on Jan 8, 2019


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