Front brake pad change

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Changing the Brake Pads is a simple and quick job within the grasp of most people's abilities.

The symptoms of worn brake pads:

  • Poor braking
  • Pulling to one side
  • Squealing and judder when braking

Changing the Brake Pads


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  • Standard metric sockets and spanners
  • Assorted screwdrivers
  • Circlip pliers (External)
  • A G-Clamp or piston retraction tool

Removing the Caliper and pads

Jimny Front Caliper
  • First of all secure the car.
  • Release the wheel nuts and jack up the car and remove the road wheel.
  • This then reveals the brake caliper, this is the passenger side (nearside) caliper (UK) .

Unbolting the caliper
  • Using a 12mm spanner, release the front caliper bolt (the left is the front of the car in this picture).
  • Then loosen the same bolt on the rear of the caliper.

Open brake caliper
  • The caliper then opens up using the rear bolt as a hinge.

Removing the brake pads
  • The pads are retained by small spring clips.
  • A simple pull on the pads (horizontally away from the disk) should remove them.
  • If the pads resist, gently prise out the pads with a small screwdriver - do not remove the spring clips).
  • If you require new pads, spring clips or a caliper fitting kit then these are available in the BigJimny Store.

The new pads
  • Here are the new pads compared with the old.
  • Note that ADK84224 are an aftermarket equivalent of the Suzuki part.
  • New pads, are available in the BigJimny Store.
  • The old are worn down to the metal.


The new pads fitted
  • The new pads then simply push into place held by the spring clips.
  • Place the anti-squeal shims in place.
  • Smear a bit of Copper Grease on the rear of the shims to help reduce squeal.

Using a G-Clamp
  • Now the Piston has to be moved back.
  • I use a G-Clamp and wind the piston back in until it is flush.
  • Pay attention to your brake fluid reservoir during compression as this will drive brake fluid back through the lines and can cause your reservoir to overflow.

All done
  • Now swing the caliper back into position and bolt up the caliper bolt.

Re-fit the wheel and lower the vehicle.

Torque Settings

Full details of the torque settings can be found in the reference data

Page last edited on 21/01/2018 by user Bosanek