How to change brake pads on a 2008 Toyota Camry

Today we will show you step by step instructions on how to change the front and rear brake pads on a 2008 Toyota Camry. Here are the tools you will need:

  • 14 mm socket
  • 17 mm combination wrench
  • 21 mm deep socket
  • 3/8" Ratchet Drive
  • Impact Wrench (or breaker bar)
  • Jack stands
  • Aluminum Car Jack
  • Torque Wrench
  • Trouble Light
  • C-clamp
  • Brake Clean
  • Gloves
  • High Temperature Caliper Grease (found at any auto parts store)
  • Zip ties
  • Shop Rags

Here Are the Spare Parts you'll need:

  • Wagner Front Brake Pads for Camry 2008
  • Wagner Rear Brake Pads for Camry 2008

Picture of the front brake pads with the hardware it comes with: Front_Brake_Pads

STEP 1: Remove wheel and open brake fluid reservoir (must pop hood open for this). Loosen the lugnuts while the vehicle is on the ground. Use the 21mm deep socket and the impact wrench to remove the bolts. If you don't have an impact wrench, use the breaker bar. Jack your vehicle at the appropriate lift points and place the jack stands. In my case, I used a vehicle lift so you will not see this on the pictures moving forward. Remove wheels from wheel well as shown in the picture below to expose the brake caliper

remove_wheel

STEP 2: Inspect the brake caliper for any anomalies. Grab your 3/8" ratchet drive and 14 mm socket and loosen the top bolt on the caliper - the side facing towards the engine.

Loosen_bolt

STEP 3: Undo the lower bolt and put it on top of a rag. Lift the caliper all the way so that its weight keeps it from falling back into place. Apply some high temperature caliper grease to the bolt so you don't forget to do that later.

lift_caliper

STEP 4: Now that the caliper is out of the way, you can access the old brake pads. First inspect the rotor and make sure the surface is smooth. i.e. no ridges or abnormal wear. If there is any abnormal wear, you should also replace the rotors. If rotors look o.k., remove the two retaining clips that keep the brake pads away from the rotors. Next, remove the brake pads.

STEP 5: Once both brake pads are removed, install the pad support brackets that came with the new brake pads as shown in the picture below. Notice the new pad support brackets contrasting with the old rusty caliper. Make sure you apply some high temp caliper grease to the pad support brackets since this is where the brake pad will be sliding back and forth as you apply the brakes. CAUTION: Do not get grease on the rotor or brake pad material.

install_hardware

STEP 6: Install the new brake pads and insert the new retaining clip that keeps the brake pads away from the rotor. After installing the break pads, remove the upper and lower sliding pins and apply high temperature caliper grease. These pins allow the caliper to slide along the pin axis and allow the brake pads to wear evenly. It is very important to apply grease to these pins.

sliding_pins

STEP 7: Drive the piston back into the caliper. Since the new brake pads are much thicker (more friction material) we need to recede the piston into its backwardmost position to allow the new caliper to fit over the new pads.

  • Take one of the old brake pads you just removed and positon the backside of the brake pad against the piston.
  • Install the C-clamp between the old brake pad and the caliper as shown in the diagram below (courtesy of justask.com)

force_piston_back

  • Start turning the C-clamp to slowly drive the piston back into place.
  • Rotate caliper about the top sliding pin

STEP 8: Torque the caliper sliding pin to 34 ft-lb (47 Nm) DISCLAIMER: The picture below shows the new pads installed with the anti-squeal shims from the old brake pads. You can safely install the brake pads without using the anti-squeal shims.

installed_brake_pad

STEP 9: Install wheels, torque wheel lugnuts to specification on user's manual 76 ft-lb (103 Nm)

STEP 10: IMPORTANT! Close your brake fluid reservoir.

GREAT JOB! You have successfully installed your brake pads!