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2013–2019 Nissan Sentra Front Brake Pad & Rotor DIY

Guide on how to replace the front brake pads and rotor on a Nissan Sentra 2013-2019.

2013–2019 Nissan Sentra Front Brake Pad & Rotor DIY
ESTIMATED TIME 1 hour - 2 hours
DIY COST $ 100 - 300
DIFFICULTY Intermediate

What you will need

Procedure

  1. Park the vehicle on a flat-level ground surface.Parking the vehicle on a safe flat ground level.

     

  2. Loosen the front wheel's lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise using a lug wrench.
  3. Jack up the vehicle's front and support it with jack stands.
  4. Take off the lug nuts and remove the wheel from the vehicle.Removing the front wheel of the Nissan Sentra.

     

  5. Turn the steering wheel to the left or right to have wider access to the bolts on the carrier and caliper.Turning the steering wheel to the left or to the right to have wider access.

     

  6. Loosen the two 14mm bolts on the caliper by turning them counterclockwise using a 14mm wrench. Then fully remove the lower bolt from the caliper.Loosening the 14mm bolts on the caliper.

     

    Loosening the 14mm bolts on the caliper.
  7. Pull the caliper up and remove the brake pads from the carrier by pulling them out. If the brake pads are difficult to remove, pry them out using a flathead screwdriver.Removing the brake pads out from the carrier.

     

  8. Push the piston on the caliper by placing the brake pad on the caliper and pushing it using a brake spreader tool.Pushing the Piston using a brake spreader and the brake pad.

     

  9. Remove the upper bolt on the caliper by pulling it out from the vehicle. Then place the caliper to where the brake cables won't be stretched.Placing the caliper to where the brake cables wont be stretched.

     

  10. Loosen and remove the two 19mm bolts on the carrier by turning them counterclockwise using a 19mm breaker bar and wrench.Loosening the 19mm bolts holding the carrier.

     

  11. Remove the carrier from the rotor by pulling it out.Removing the carrier out from the rotor.

     

  12. Remove the rotor out from the vehicle by pulling it out. If the rotor is difficult to remove, use a hammer to push the rotor out.Removing the rotor out from the vehicle.

     

  13. Line up the new rotor to the vehicle and press it in to set it into place.Installing the new rotor of the vehicle.

     

  14. Clean the carrier by using a wire brush. Do not breathe in the dust, and better to wear a mask when cleaning the carrier.Cleaning the carrier using a wire brush.

     

  15. Pull the guide pins out from the carrier and wipe them clean.Wiping the guide pins clean.

     

  16. Add a tiny amount of caliper grease to the guide pins and reinstall them back to the carrier.Adding caliper grease on the guide pins.

     

  17. Place the carrier back to the rotor and reinstall the 19mm bolts on the carrier by turning them clockwise using the 19mm wrench.Reinstalling the carrier and its bolts back to the vehicle.

     

    Tightening the 19mm bolt holding the carrier.
  18. Line up the brake pads into the carrier and press them in to set them into place. Make sure the brake pads are in their proper orientation.Installing the new brake pads into the carrier.

     

    Installing the new brake pads into the carrier.
  19. Place the caliper back to the carrier and reinstall two 14mm bolts on the caliper by turning them clockwise using the 14mm wrench. If the guide pins are spinning while tightening the bolts, use another wrench or a plier to hold the guide pins.Reinstalling the caliper back to the carrier.

     

    Reinstalling the two 14mm bolts on the carrier.
  20. Place the wheel back to the vehicle and reinstall its lug nuts.
  21. Remove the jack stands and release the floor jack.
  22. Press the brake pedal a few times to set the pressure back to the brake pads.

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Notes

Tips & Warnings 


  • Brake dust can cause health issues. Wear a mask and gloves when working on the brake system
  • Do not press the brake pedal while the brake caliper is removed. This can cause injuries or can cause the brake pistons to extend out. 
  • Do not hang the brake caliper. Instead, use a wire to hang the brake caliper so that the brake hose does not stretch. 
  • If brake fluid falls on the paint or other parts, wipe it off with a clean cloth or wash it off with water when possible. 

Before you drive 


  • Pump the brakes a few times and test the brakes before getting the car back on the road. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Should I bleed brakes before or after changing pads?

  • No. Bleeding the brakes is not necessary when changing the pads. If you have to replace the brake caliper, you will need to bleed the air. 

Should You Replace Brake Rotors And Pads Together?

  • It is recommended to replace brake pads and rotors at the same. Not required to replace the rotor unless the rotor has damage or has created an edge( lip) on the outside diameter indicating that it is worn out. 

Safety Tips

Auto Repair Safety Notes