Changing Brake Pads on a Scenic

Updated July 20, 2017

The Scenic is a compact two- or four-door car with a V6 engine. All four sets of brakes are disc brakes on this vehicle. The brake pads appear inside the caliper, which is mounted to a metal frame around the brake rotor. The brake pads feature a small metal wire connected to each one that will grind on the rotor producing a squealing noise: notifying you that the pads need a change.

Loosen all the wheel nuts on one wheel using the tire iron. Raise the wheel off the ground using the jack. Lower the frame onto a jack stand to safely support the vehicle.

Pull the wheel off the frame of the scenic and set it aside out of the way. Loosen the two bolts on the rear of the brake caliper with the ratchet and corresponding size socket. Pull the caliper from the rotor.

Remove the old brake pads from the caliper and set them aside. Insert the brake tool into the caliper so that the push rod is on the piston and the plate is on the opposite side. Turn the handle counterclockwise until the piston is pushed back into the caliper. Remove the tool.

Insert the new brake pads into the caliper, in the same position as the old pads. Place the caliper onto the rotor's frame and tighten the bolts. Replace the wheel and wheel nuts. Raise the Scenic off the jack stand and lower it to the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Tire iron
  • Jack
  • Jack stand
  • Ratchet set
  • Brake tool
  • New pads
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Living in Tucson, Ariz., Robert Good has been writing from 2003 on a wide variety of subjects ranging from sports, gardening and cooking to auto repair, home maintenance and travel. Good holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of the State of New York.