When you place your foot on the brake pedal, the brake pads squeeze the rotors between them and use friction to stop your Land Rover LR3. The friction eventually wears out the brake pads. How fast the brakes wear out depends upon how often you use the brakes. Replacing the rear brakes on the Land Rover LR3 is an easy procedure. The process is similar to changing the brakes on the front of the SUV. It will only take about 30 minutes to do each wheel on the SUV.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Automobile jack
- Caliper piston tool
- Wheel chocks
- Lug wrench
- Jack stand
- Socket set
- Turkey baster
- Drain pan
Park your Land Rover on a level surface and turn off the key. Place a set of wheel chocks behind the rear wheels of the SUV. Open the engine compartment and siphon half of the brake fluid from the master cylinder using the turkey baster. Place the fluid in the drain pan for recycling later. Raise the rear end of the Land Rover with the automobile jack. Place a jack stand under it and raise it to the frame. Remove the lug nuts with the lug wrench and take the wheel off the Land Rover.
Remove the bottom bolt from the brake caliper using the socket and ratchet. Pivot the caliper up and off the wheel assembly. Remove the brake pads from the caliper. Push the caliper piston into the housing using the piston tool.
Insert new brake pads into the caliper. Push the caliper onto the rotor and tighten the bolt with the socket and ratchet. Replace the wheel on the Land Rover and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Remove the jack stand from under the SUV and lower the vehicle to the ground. Repeat the process on the other wheel.
Add brake fluid to the master cylinder as necessary. Pump the brake pedal a few times to seat the brake pads on the rotors.
Tips and warnings
- Older brake pads may contain asbestos fibres. Handle brake parts carefully and wash your hands thoroughly when the project is complete.
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