How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Hyundai Sonata

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How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Hyundai Sonata
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Replace the brake pads in your Hyundai Sonata when the signs of brake pad wear become evident. Those signs include brake squeal. The brake pads are equipped with built-in wear indicators. The indicators are exposed once the Sonata's brake pads have worn down to the point that requires them to be replaced. The indicators are metal clips that scrape against the rotors causing them to squeal. Failure to replace the pads in a timely manner once the indicators are exposed could lead to irreparable damage to the vehicle's rotors.

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Things you need

  • Lug wrench (Hyundai tire maintenance kit)
  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • 13mm wrench
  • Vise-Grip pliers (or C-clamp)
  • Brake pads
  • Flat screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Park the Hyundai on flat surface and apply the parking brake. Loosen the lug nuts on the wheels with the lug wrench in the Sonata's tire maintenance kit located in the boot.

  2. 2

    Lift the Sonata with the jack and rest the frame of the vehicle on jack stands.

  3. 3

    Remove the lugs and the wheels. Lay a wheel flat and use it as a seat while you change the brake pads.

  4. 4

    Remove the two caliper bolts located on the back side of the caliper with a 13mm wrench.

  5. 5

    Lift the caliper from the brake assembly and rest it on top of the rotor. Pull the brake pads from the caliper bracket on the rotor. Use a flat tool (screwdriver or trim pry tool) to pry the pads from the rotor if they are stuck in the caliper bracket slots.

  6. 6

    Squeeze the caliper piston into the side of the caliper with the vise-grip pliers or C-clamp. Press the piston all the way into the caliper side to make room for the new pads.

  7. 7

    Place the new brake pads onto each side of the rotor. The pads rest in the slots provided by the caliper bracket.

  8. 8

    Return the caliper over the pads and screw in the caliper bolts. Tighten the bolts with the wrench.

  9. 9

    Place the wheels on the wheel bolts and screw on the lug nuts by hand. Repeat steps 4 through 9 for the other set of brakes.

  10. 10

    Lift the Sonata with the jack and remove the jack stands before lowering the vehicle back to the ground.

  11. 11

    Use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts on the wheels and return the wrench to the boot.

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