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2014-2018 Toyota Highlander Rear Brake Pads & Rotor Replacement

Guide on how to replace the rear brake pads and rotor on a Toyota Highlander 2014-2020.

2014-2018 Toyota Highlander Rear Brake Pads & Rotor Replacement
ESTIMATED TIME 40 mins - 1.5 hours
DIY COST $ 100 - 300
DIFFICULTY Intermediate

What you will need

Procedure

  1. Park the vehicle on a safe flat ground surface and turn off the ignition. Do not set the emergency brake when replacing the rear brakes and rotors. Block front wheels using wheel chocks to prevent the vehicle from rolling. Parking the vehicle on a safe flat ground level.

     

  2. Loosen the lug nuts of the rear wheel by turning them counterclockwise using a lug nut wrench.
  3. Jack up the vehicle's rear. Then support it with jack stands on the rear and block the front wheels.
  4. Remove the lug nuts and pull the wheel out of the vehicle.Jacking up the vehicle and removing the rear wheel.

     

  5. Remove the two 14mm on the backside of the brake caliper by turning them counter-clockwise using a 14mm wrench.Removing the 14mm bolts holding the caliper.

     

    Removing the 14mm bolts holding the caliper.
  6. Pull the caliper out from the vehicle. If it's difficult to remove, insert a flathead screwdriver into the caliper and use it to push the piston in.Pushing the piston on the caliper using a flathead screwdriver.

     

    Removing the caliper out from the carrier.
  7. Once the caliper is removed, place it where the brake cables won't be stretched. Use a wire to hang the caliper. Setting the brake caliper aside.

     

  8. Remove the brake pads from the carrier by pulling them out.Removing the brake pads from the carrier.

     

    Removing the brake pads from the carrier.
  9. Remove the 17mm bolts on the backside of the carrier by turning them counter-clockwise using a 17mm wrench.Removing the 17mm bolts holding the carrier.

     

    Removing the 17mm bolts holding the carrier.
  10. Remove the carrier from the rotor by pulling it out.Removing the carrier out from the rotor.

     

  11. Remove the rotor by pulling it out from the vehicle. The rotor may be rusted. If that's the case, spray penetrating oil and wait 5 minutes, then try again. Make sure the parking brake is released. Removing the rotor from the vehicle.

     

    Removing the rotor from the vehicle.
  12. Line up the new rotor and press it in to set it into place. Then reinstall the rubber grommet on the rotor by pressing it in.Installing the new rotor of the Toyota Highlander.

     

  13. Remove the metal springs on the caliper by prying them out using a flathead screwdriver.Prying out the metal springs on the carrier.

     

  14. Clean the carrier using a wire brush.Cleaning the carrier using a wire brush.

     

  15. Line up the new metal springs to the carrier and press them in to set them into place. Make sure that the metal springs are in their proper orientation.Installing the new metal springs to the carrier.

     

    Installing the new metal springs to the carrier.
  16. Pull the guide pins out from the carrier and wipe them clean. Then add some caliper grease to the guide pins and insert them back into the carrier.Installing the guide pins with new caliper grease on it.

     

    Installing the guide pins with new caliper grease on it.
  17. Place the carrier back to the rotor and reinstall its 17mm bolts by turning them clockwise using the 17mm wrench.Installing the carrier back to the rotor.

     

  18. Line up the new brake pads to the rotor and press them in to set them into place.Installing the new brake pads into the carrier.

     

  19. Push the piston on the caliper by using a brake spreader and the old brake pad.Pushing the piston on the caliper using a brake spreader tool.

     

  20. Line up the caliper back to the carrier and reinstall the 14mm bolts. Turn the bolts clockwise using a 14mm wrench.Installing the brake caliper back to the carrier.

     

    Installing the 14mm bolts holding the brake caliper.
  21. Carry the wheel back to the vehicle and reinstall the lug nuts.
  22. Remove the jack stands and release the floor jack.
  23. Tighten the lug nuts to the proper torque specification.Reinstalling the wheel back to the vehicle.

     

  24. Press on the brake pedal a few times to put the pressure back on the brake caliper, then drive carefully to test the brakes.

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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