Jeep Life,  Jeep Maintenance

Changing Your Jeep’s Brake Pads

How do I change my Jeep Wrangler’s brake pads?

Changing brake pads is an easy task and would take less than a day even for someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. People typically replace their brake pads between 25,000 to 80,000 miles depending on how much wear has occurred. Some pads will last longer based on the material it is made of and the condition of your rotors. If your rotors are in a bad condition, then the pads will wear off quicker.

What do you need?

  • Lug nut key
  • Jacks and stands
  • New brake pads
  • Gloves
  • Brake cleaner
  • Torque wrench
  • 13 mm socket
  • 15 mm wrench
  • Breaker bar or lug wrench
  • Caliper piston compression tool
  • Locktite (Red)

Step 1: Use the lug wrench or breaker bar and lug nut key to break loose the nut on your tire.


Step 2: Lift your jeep up with a floor jack or bottle jack until there is just enough space between the ground and the tire. Use a jack stand to support the axle while it is raised for extra precaution.


Step 3: Proceed to remove all nuts from the tire and remove the wheel to expose the rotor and brake set.


Step 4: Use a 13 mm socket and wrench combination on one of the flange bolts that hold the caliper and a 15 mm wrench on the guide pin to keep it in position. Proceed to remove the bolt.


Step 5: Once the bolt is removed, tilt the caliper back to expose the brake pads. Remove the brake pads as well as the clips that hold it in place. *It is advised that you remember how the clips where positioned on the caliper brackets*


Step 6: With the rotor and caliper components exposed, clean it with break cleaner and remove any residue if necessary. *CAUTION: Avoid using any cleaning fluids that contains any type of oil as this could cause the brake pads to loose grip during braking*

Step 7: The new brake pads set should come with new clips. Proceed to install the clips at the same position as you removed them. You may use a lubricant such as antiseize to reduce brake noise, but be careful not to get them on the rotor. 



Step 8: Install the new brake pads. Carefully place one end of the pads into the clip and then position the other end and push the pad flat unto the rotor. Do this on both sides.

Step 9: With the caliper compression tool, squeeze down the piston so that the caliper can be placed back into position.


Step 10: Once the caliper is back in place, install the flange bolts, but remember to use lock tite. I used red locktite to withstand heat. Torque to spec.


Step 11: Reposition the tire on the rotor and install the lug nuts in a star pattern until they are snug.

Step 12: Remove the jack stand and lower the jeep. Next, completely tighten the nuts on tires and torque to spec. Repeat this for all tires.

For any questions please do not hesistate to ask.


Hello! I was born and raised on a small island called Saipan for 18 years. Shortly after my high school graduation, I joined the United States Air Force. In 2016, I separated from the Air Force and moved to Denver, Colorado. In June 2017, I took a contracting job up here in Alaska. Since then, I have been living and experiencing the wonderful lifestyle of being up North!

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