How to Replace Brake Rotors on a Toyota Avalon

by Keith PerryUpdated November 07, 2017
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Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Lug wrench

  • Impact wrench

  • Metric wrenches

  • Wire

  • Ratchet

  • Torque wrench

  • Brake caliper spreader tool

  • Metric sockets

The Avalon is a four-door sedan introduced by Toyota in 1995. The early model-years were based on the Camry platform with a different body and exterior. The Avalon has evolved into a full-sized sedan, with a large interior and many safety features. Four-wheel disc brakes are one of the safety features on the vehicle. The brake rotors will require replacement due to wear or damage.

Park the Avalon on a flat, paved surface. Use a floor jack to raise the car and secure it on jack stands.

Remove the lug nuts from the wheel you will be working on with a lug wrench then pull off the wheel and set it aside. If you have difficulty removing the lug nuts, use an impact wrench.

Remove the bolts securing the brake caliper to the brake caliper bracket with a metric wrench. Remove the brake caliper from the brake rotor by pulling the caliper away from the caliper bracket. Use a piece of wire to secure the brake caliper to the car, reducing tension on the brake line. Remove the brake pads from the brake caliper bracket.

Loosen and remove the bolts holding the brake caliper bracket to the car with a metric wrench, ratchet and socket. Remove the brake caliper bracket and set it aside.

Pull the brake caliper towards you and remove it from the wheel hub.

Install the new brake rotor onto the hub and tighten a single lug nut by hand to secure it in the proper position.

Reattach the brake caliper bracket to the wheel hub and secure it with its bolts. Use a torque wrench and socket to tighten the bolts to the manufacturer's specified torque. Insert the brake pads into the brake pad caliper bracket.

Remove the wire holding the brake caliper to the vehicle. Insert a brake pad spreader tool to compress the brake pistons into the caliper assembly. Place the brake caliper into the brake caliper bracket and insert the bolts. Use the torque wrench to tighten the caliper bolts to the manufacturer's recommended specification.

Loosen and remove the lug nut for the brake rotor. Remount the wheel onto the hub and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Perform Steps 2 through 9 for each brake rotor requiring replacement.

Raise the vehicle with the floor jack, remove the jack stands and lower the vehicle to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts to 90 ft.-lbs. of torque with the torque wrench and a socket.

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