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How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Montero

by John Rose; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Automobile jack

  • Wheel chocks

  • Jack stand

  • Socket set

  • Lug wrench

  • Drain pan

  • Turkey baster

The brake pads on the Mitsubishi Montero create friction with the brake rotors and slow your vehicle down. As you use the brakes, the pads wear and when they start to emit a high-pitched squeaking sound, it indicates the brakes need servicing. Inspecting the brake pads should be part of your regular maintenance routine. If the brake pads wear beyond the recommended level, the rivets may cut grooves into the brake rotors. which may require a more expensive repair than only replacing the pads.

Park the Montero on a level surface and turn off its ignition.Open and secure the the engine compartment's hood. Locate the master cylinder and drain one-half of the brake fluid from the master cylinder using the turkey baster. Place the fluid in the drain pan for proper recycling. Place the wheel chocks behind the rear wheels.

Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel you will be working on with the lug wrench. Raise the Montero up with the automobile jack. Place a jack stand under the Montero and raise it to the frame. Remove the wheel and lug nuts, using the lug wrench.

Loosen the retaining bolts on the brake caliper with a socket and ratchet. Pull the caliper away from the wheel assembly. Pull off the old brake pads from the caliper by pulling off the clips. Push the caliper piston back into the caliper housing.

Insert the new brake pads into the caliper. Place the brake caliper on the mounting bracket and tighten the bolts with the socket and ratchet. Replace the wheel on the Montero and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench.

Place the car jack under the vehicle and raise it to its body. Remove the jack stand from under the Montero. Lower the vehicle to the ground with the lug wrench. Repeat the process on the other wheel.

Tips

Properly recycle the brake fluid that you drain from the master cylinder. You should never reuse brake fluid.

Warnings

As brake pads wear, they create dust, which may contain asbestos fibers. Handle brake parts carefully and wash your hands thoroughly when the project is complete.

About the Author

John Rose has been writing professionally since 1981. Now contributing to various online publications, he specializes in auto repair, home maintenance and similar topics. Rose studied English at Frostburg State University.

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