How to Replace Front Disc Brakes in a Toyota Highlander
If you have a 2002 through 2005 model Toyota Highlander and it pulls to one side when you apply the brakes or if it pulls to one side when you apply the brake pedal then you need to repair it to prevent possibly costly or fatal problems in the future. To fix this problem replace the front disc brakes on your Toyota Highlander.
- Brake fluid
- Brake pads
- Torque wrench
- Lithium grease or similar product
- Syringe, turkey baster or similar tool
- Wood wedges or similar tools
Park the Toyota Highlander on a flat surface. Place the parking brake on. Using a syringe, turkey baster or similar tool, siphon the fluid out of the master cylinder reservoir. Drain 2/3 of the fluid out of the cylinder. If the level is less than half way full no fluid needs to be drained. Place wood wedges or similar tools behind the wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling.
Jack the vehicle up and secure it on jackstands. Remove the wheel. Disengage the brake line hose from the caliper. Plug the end of the hose to avoid losing additional fluid. Using an open ended wrench, hold the caliper slide pins. Remove the mounting bolts.
Lift the caliper and remove it from the mounting and suspend it from the frame using mechanics wire. Remove the anti-squeal shims and the pads. Remove the wear indicator from inner pad.
Using lithium grease or similar product, grease the caliper slides and the bolts. Apply disc brake grease to the anti-squeal shims. Install the pads and shims. Seat the caliper back into position. Install the
Install and tighten the bolts. Using a torque wrench, torque the bolts to 25 foot/pounds. Reconnect the brake line hose to the caliper. Add brake fluid. Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery. Start the Highlander and pump the brake pedal 3 to 4 times to seat the brake pads.
Drive the Toyota Highlander at slow-to-moderate speeds to make sure that the maintenance was performed correctly.