How to replace the front brakes – Pajero NM

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That would be a short post about how to replace the front brakes (rotors and pads) of the Pajero NM (it is probably the same/very similar in other models).

Please notice, if that is the first time you are handling the brakes by yourself, you should have someone who already done that near you.

We are not responsible for any damage or injury due to that work and we do not recommend to do that by yourself if you are not a mechanic.

Required tools:

Jack stand

17mm wrench

8mm bolt and wrench that fits its head

Clamps

Hammer

Required parts:

New Rotors and pads. (Click the link to buy them on eBay)

Let’s start working…

1. Put the transmission in “P” (or 1st gear), pull the hand brake. Release the wheel nuts a little.

2. Raise the Pajero, secure it with a jack stand and blocks in front and back of the rear wheel.

3. Remove the wheel.

4. Look behind the wheel hub / caliper, you should see the bolts that hold the caliper in place, remove them both.

Upper caliper bolt:

brakes-upper-caliper-bolt

Lower caliper bolt:

brakes-lower-caliper-bolt

5. Slide the caliper and remove it from the rotor. Carefully, remove the old pads (use your fingers to push them out) and install new pads. If there is one with metal side, that is the piston’s side pad.

Open the bleed nipples and use the clamps to squeeze the piston to its end, so you’ll have the space needed to the new rotor/pads.

brakes-caliper

 

6. In order to remove the rotor, use the hammer to hit genteelly on the rotor near the wheel bolts, then, use the 8mm bolt – screw it into the holes marked in the picture below, that will release and remove the rotor.

brakes-disc-removal

7. Install a new rotor (just put it in place) and then, put the caliper back in place, if you squeeze it well, it would fit 🙂

8. Screw the caliper bolts back and tighten them.

brakes-new-in-place

9. Bleed the air out of the brakes system.

10. Install the wheel, lower the Pajero,  add brake fluid if needed and tighten the wheel nuts. Go out for a test drive.

11. After 1km – tighten the wheel nuts again.

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