By YOUCANIC on Dec 19, 2018
This DIY guide shows you how to change front brake pads and rotor on Hyundai Elantra model years 2011-2016.
Engage the parking brakes and ensure the gear shifter is placed in Park.
Start by opening the hood and removing the brake fluid reservoir cap. This is necessary and will make it possible for you to press the caliper pistons in. You will need to do this in order to fit the new thicker brake pads in the brake caliper.
Before you raise up the car make sure to break loose the lug nuts. Do not remove them yet, just loosen them a turn or so.
Remove tire. Remove lug nuts and keep them in a safe place so you don't lose them.
Locate the two bolts on the back of the front brake caliper. Remove both bolts. Use a 17mm socket and a ratcheting wrench to loosen the lower and upper caliper bolts on the back of the caliper and pull each bolt slightly out. You need to slide them out to allow room to remove the caliper.
Secure the brake caliper.
Use a wire to secure the brake caliper. Do not let the brake caliper hang as this can cause damage to the brake hose. Lift the caliper off the brake pads and tie it with a rope to the strut to keep it from falling and void putting tension on the brake line.
Once you remove the two bolts you will be able to pull out the caliper and remove the brake pads. Loosen the two rotor retaining bolts using a Phillips screwdriver. These bolts can be difficult to come out and may require that you use a Hand Impact Tool Set.
Before you can remove the rotor you need to remove the caliper bracket carrier. It is held in place with two bolts. These are 17mm bolts. Remove the bolts using a breaker bar.
Removing the old rotor can be tricky. Remove the screw that holds the rotor secure. Next, you need to remove the rotor. Try wiggling the rotor back and forth. If the rotor does not come loose you may have to use a hammer to get it off. Spray penetrating oil such as WD-40 and let it sit for 10 minutes before you try to remove the rotor.
It is time to install the new rotor. We recommend that you clean the bracket with a steel wire brush before you install the new rotor. Compare the old and the new rotors to make sure they are the same size then fit the new rotor carefully. If you are installing new slotted rotors, make sure they are fitted correctly so that they would spin in the proper direction.
Install new rotor. Slide the new rotor in place. Tighten the rotor retaining bolts.
Next install the bracket and tighten the two bolts on the back. Remember the bolts on the back of the brake pad bracket need to be tight. If you are using a torque wrench make sure to torque them at 70 ft-lbs.
Clean. Using a dry towel or a rag, you can clean the dirt from the calipers and the pistons with a special spray for cleaning brake parts.
The new brake pads will probably be thicker than the older ones, you will need to use an even surface (e.g the old brake pad) to press back the caliper pistons so you would be able to fit the new brake pads inside the brake calipers.
A C-clamp can be used to compress the pistons backward. Don't push the pistons too far, only until the pistons are in-line with the rubber dust boot. Put the new brake pads in its place, make sure they are tight and well-fitted.
After fitting the new brake pads, you might experience light braking noise or squeaking; to eliminate that noise you can use CRC Disc Brake Quiet for brake pads.
Install new caliper. Loosen the caliper from the rope carefully and tighten the lower caliper bolt using a 17mm socket and ratcheting wrench. Use brake caliper grease to lubricate the caliper bolts. Install new caliper and tighten the two bolts.
Refit the front wheel and spin the lug nuts with your hand. Tighten the lug nuts in a criss-cross pattern. Lower the vehicle until it puts weight onto the wheel to prevent it from spinning then complete tightening the lug nuts.