2004 Toyota 4Runner Replace the Brake Pads

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When the brake pads on your 2004 Toyota 4Runner begin to make some noise, you can replace them yourself with just a few tools. The 4Runner is one of the few vehicles that does not require disassembling the caliper to access the brake pads. This means that you do not need a lot of specialty tools to remove the caliper in order to access the pads.

Tools Used[edit]

Floor jack
Jack stands
Socket Set
Flat-head screwdriver
Torque wrench
Brake pad grease

Replace the Brake Pads[edit]

  • Loosen but do not remove the front lug nuts from the wheels, using a ratchet and socket.
  • Jack up the front of the vehicle and secure it with jack stands.
  • Remove the lug nuts and pull the wheels from the vehicle.
  • Place the C-clamp over the brake caliper so that the fixed end is on the inner portion and the screw side is in contact with the rear of the outboard pad. Tighten the C-clamp to compress the caliper until the internal piston is completely inside the caliper body.
  • Remove the inner holding clip by prying it away from the brake pad retaining pins with the screwdriver. This clip is a thin wire that is inserted into small holes on both of the brake-pad retaining pins. There will be one on each caliper.
  • Remove the upper and lower brake pad retaining pins, pulling them out by hand.
  • Pull the anti-rattle clip from the brake caliper. The anti-rattle clip is the large, metal, cross-shaped object in the opening of the caliper. Make note of how it is removed as it will need to be replaced facing the same direction.
  • Grab the brake pads, one by one, and pull them through the hole in the caliper.
  • Place a thin coating of brake pad grease on the rear of the new pads.
  • Remove the shims on the rear of the old pads by lightly prying them with a screwdriver.
  • Place the shims on the rear of the new pads by pushing them on with your hands. There are grooves to guide them into place.
  • Slide the new brake pads into the hole in the caliper. Make certain to get one pad on either side of the rotor.
  • Place the anti-rattle clip back in the caliper, facing the same direction it was when removed.
  • Slide the upper brake-pad pin through the outer caliper hole, through the outboard pad hole, over the hook in the anti rattle clips, through the inboard pad hole and out the inner caliper hole.
  • Slide the lower brake pad pin through the outer caliper hole, through the outboard pad hole, under the hook in the anti-rattle clips, through the inboard pad hole and out the inner caliper hole.
  • Place the holding clip for the brake pad retaining pins back into the holes at the end of the pins. This clip prevents the retaining pins from sliding out of the caliper.
  • Repeat steps 4 through 16 for the pad set on the other side of the vehicle.
  • Place the wheels back on the vehicle and hand-tighten the lug nuts.
  • Lower the vehicle to the ground and torque the lug nuts to 83 foot-pounds with a torque wrench and socket.
  • Pump the brake pedal repeatedly until it is firm.