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How to Change Brake Pads on a Toyota 4Runner

Changing your brake pads is an important maintenance task that should not be ignored. All vehicles need their brake pads replaced eventually, and Toyota 4Runners are no exception. 

In this article, we will be discussing how to change brake pads on a Toyota 4Runner. Brake pads are an important part of your car’s braking system, and it is important that they are in good condition at all times.

1. Setting Up

Before you start, you need to make sure that everything is safe and secure. Once your car is in place, you can use a jack stand to safely lift your car. 

You can change the front discs brakes on your car by putting it in neutral and turning the wheel whichever way makes it easier to work on the brake calipers. 

2. Pull Out/Remove the Small Pin

Once you’re all set, start by removing the small pin that holds the two rods together.  The housing on the caliper can then be pinched and pulled out. With a screwdriver or hammer, the two rods can then be removed. Be sure that the rods don’t fly all over the place and become damaged.

3. Bleed System 

Now, you’ll need to get something that hooks up to your bleed system on your brake and will also catch any brake fluid. Crack the brake bleeder valve so when you compress the caliper the extra fluid in there goes into a canister.

Once your bleeder valve is open and you see that your brake fluid is flowing through it when you press on the caliper pistons, you’re ready to take out your brake pads.

4. Pull the Pad Out 

Now, you don’t have to take your caliper off to do this.You should be able to successfully pull the pads out without having to take the entire caliper off. 

Once you successfully pull the old brake pads out, you can then install the new ones. 

5. Compress Caliper Piston

You’ll need to make sure your pistons are pushed back far enough in order to slip your new brake pad in with the extra space on your new brake pad.

Remember, you don’t have to compress your brake calipers all the way down without your caliper on your rotor. You won’t know how much gap you need to fit your new brake pads in so you might as well compress them all the way.

Remove the brake pads and take a wire brush to clean off any rust that has built up behind them. You don’t want any of this rust getting in between your pad and rotor as it could cause a squealing noise. 

Once your caliper is back in place, tighten the bleed valve. When you put the pads back in, compress the pistons on the pad. You don’t want fluid flowing out of your system and emptying your reservoir, which could cause air to get into your system. 

6. Place the New Brake Pads

You’ll likely want to take some anti-squeal materials and put them on the back of your brake pads for extra precaution. Be careful not to get any lubricant on your rotor; you don’t want anything preventing you from stopping.

Once your brake pads are in, get the rest of your brake hardware. Flip the top rod in first so you can rest the clip on the top of it, and then slip your bottom rod in. 

Make sure that the inside pad on your left has the two wear indicators, and make sure that the outside pad has the one wear indicator.


The brake system in your Toyota 4Runner or any car is an essential part of the safety features. It is important to understand how your brakes work in order to maintain your car and keep yourself safe on the road. With this step by step overview, you should have a pretty good understanding of how the brakes work.

If you are looking for new brake pads for your Toyota 4Runner, NRS Brake Pads are the right choice. NRS Toyota 4Runner brake pads last significantly longer than other brands, making them a great value for your money. 

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