Front Brake Pads and Rotor Replacement DIY Nissan Quest 2011-2017

How to replace Front Brake Pads and Rotor Nissan Quest 2011-2017

Learn how to change front brake pads and rotors on Nissan Quest 2011-2017. To replace front brake pads on a Nissan Quest you need new brake pads and rotors plus about two to three hours of your time. The typical DIY cost to change Nissan Quest front rotors is $100-$180 vs. $450-$800 at the auto repair shop or dealership.


Symptoms of worn Nissan Quest brakes

  • Nissan Quest Brake Warning Light On,
  • Nissan Quest screech, grinding noise when braking,
  • Vibration or pulsating in brake pedal or steering wheel when braking
    • is often caused by warped Nissan Quest rotors,
  • Nissan Quest brake pedal needs to be pressed all the way down or very hard for the car to stop.

What you will need



Instructions on how to change Nissan Quest brakes

Step 1

Park vehicle on a level surface. Engage the parking brakes on your Nissan.

Step 2

Loosen the lug nuts before you jack up your Nissan or you will have a hard time getting the lug nuts lose.

Remove wheel to change front brake pads on Nissan Quest 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Step 3

Jack up the car and remove the wheel.

Step 4

Next, you will need to loosen the 17mm caliper bolts to get the brake caliper out.

How to replace front brake pads on Nissan Quest 2011-2017

Step 5

Remove brake caliper. Do not let the brake caliper hang on the brake hose.

Step 6

Press the brake caliper piston in. Pistons need to be pushed back into the caliper in order to accommodate the new rotor and brake pad.

Step 7

Use a breaker bar to remove two 19mm bracket bolts.

Nissan Quest change front brake rotors diy

Step 8

Remove rotor from your Nissan Quest and install new rotor.

Step 9

Reinstall new rotor. Reinstall caliper bracket and torque it to spec which is typically 50-100 ft/lb.

Nissan Quest Replace Front Rotor DIY Guide 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Step 10

Clean shims and apply grease to the back of brake pads, guide pins and shims.

Clean and apply grease to front brake pads Nissan Quest

Step 11

Reinstall new brake pads. Install the brake caliper bolts and torque to 20-25 ft/lb.

Step 12

Install the wheel. Slowly lower your Quest to the ground. Torque the lug nuts in a star pattern to manufacture recommendation. Typical torque: 70-90 Ft/Lbs


  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.


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