In 1998, Nissan released a new compact pickup, the Frontier, as the replacement for the popular Hardbody pickup. The 2007 Frontier had a standard tow rating from 1588kg. to an impressive 29.5kg. Nissan fitted this tough compact pickup with four-wheel disc brakes to help it bring these heavy loads to a stop. Replacing the rear disc brakes on the 2007 Frontier yourself is an ideal way to save money.
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Things you need
- Wheel chocks
- Clean turkey baster
- Small container
- Socket set
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Bungee strap
- Rubber mallet
- New rotors (optional)
- Torque wrench
- New brake pads
- Brake pad grease
- 1 quart DOT 3 brake fluid
Park the Frontier on a level surface and wedge wheel chocks under the front part of the front wheels. If needed, disengage the parking brake.
Remove the lid from the master cylinder reservoir, and siphon out about half of the brake fluid from the master cylinder, using a clean turkey baster. Transfer this brake fluid to a small container for later disposal.
Loosen, but don't remove, the rear lug nuts with a ratchet and socket. Raise the rear of the Frontier with a floor jack, and position jack stands under the truck's frame rails. Lower the Nissan onto the jack stands. Remove the lug nuts, and pull the rear wheels from the truck.
Remove the two caliper bolts, using a ratchet and socket. Pull the caliper from the caliper bracket, and suspend it from a nearby suspension component, using a bungee strap.
Pull the inner and outer brake pads from the caliper bracket. Pull the old pad retainers --- the thin metal shims above and below the pads --- from the caliper bracket.
Remove the two caliper bracket bolts, using a ratchet and socket, and pull the caliper from the rear hub.
Grab the rotor and pull it from the rear hub. If the rotor is too tight to pull off, lightly tap the back of it with a rubber mallet to free it. Once you remove the rotor, the parking brake shoes and hardware are visible. Do not disturb any of the hardware, as it could have a negative impact on the parking brake's adjustment.
Inspect the brake rotor for visible defects, including deep grooves, hot spotting, mirror-like shine or grinding. Replace the rotor with a new one if any defects exist.
Set the rotor on the rear hub and press it inward until it fully seats around the parking brake shoes.
Set the caliper bracket back in place on the rear hub and tighten its two bolts to 102 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and socket. Snap new brake pad retainers --- included with the new pads --- into the grooves in the caliper bracket.
Apply a thin coat of brake pad grease onto the rear of the two new brake pads and slide them into the caliper bracket.
Remove the caliper from the suspension component you suspended it from and set the old inner brake pad against the piston inside the caliper. Position an 8-inch C-clamp over the caliper, so the screw part touches the brake pad and the fixed part touches the rear of the caliper. Compress the caliper piston by tightening the C-clamp until it stops moving. Remove the C-clamp from the caliper.
Set the caliper on the caliper bracket, and tighten the two caliper bolts to 32 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and socket.
Repeat Steps 4 through 13 to replace the brake pads on the other side of the Frontier.
Reinstall the wheels in the Frontier's rear hubs and hand-tighten the lug nuts. Raise the truck from the jack stands, using a floor jack, and remove the jack stands from under the truck. Lower the Nissan to the ground.
Tighten the lug nuts, in a crisscrossing pattern, to 98 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and socket.
Press and release the brake pedal until it feels firm.
Add DOT 3 brake fluid to the master cylinder until the level reaches the "Max" line on the master cylinder reservoir. Tighten the master cylinder's lid back onto the master cylinder.
Take the old brake fluid to an automotive fluid recycling centre for disposal. Many auto parts stores take this fluid free of charge.
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