Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How to change the rear brake pads on a Land Rover LR3

Here is the procedure on how to do the rear brake pads on a Land Rover LR3. Any questions please comment on the section below.

Things you'll need:
  1. Basic tools
  2. Brake caliper tool
  3. Akebono EUR1099 Rear Brake Pad
  4. URO Parts SOE000025 Rear Brake Pad Wear Sensor
  • Remove the wheel.
The pics and description are for the right hand side, the left hand side is similar.
  • With some needle nose pliers wiggle the sensor out of the pad. The trick is to wiggle it slowly up and down while pulling on it. If you are lucky (or skilled like me :P) you'll pull the sensor and be able to save it. If the brake pad light wasn't on then you can reuse the sensor, if not then you can't.

  • If you weren't able to save the sensor, then you have to put the new one in, we'll do this later so for now leave the old sensor were it is so that you know the proper routing.
  • Remove the caliper bolts, with a thin wrench hold one end and with a socket and a ratchet crack and unscrew the other. Repeat for the other bolt.

  • Pull the caliper up, you might need to pry with a screw driver the piston back a little bit to facilitate this.
  • With the caliper out, hang it to the side. Make sure you are not pulling on the brake hose nor the sensor cable.
  • Push the caliper piston back with the proper tool as shown in the pic.

  • Take the old pads out.
  • Grease the new pads on the contact points.

  • Put the new pads in.

  • The pads should've come with new bolts, put the caliper back and put the new bolts in by hand first!

  • Tighten to 35 Nm (26 ft punds) of torque.

  • If you were able to save the sensor just push it very carefully into the new pad until you feel it pop in place. If you didn't install a new sensor. The trick is to disconnect the old sensor at one point and clip the new on in place, then disconnect at another point then connect the new one, and keep going until the new sensor has replaced the old one and clip the new on into the pad, again be very careful as these are plastic.

  • Put the wheel back and tighten the lugs.

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