1995 Toyota 4Runner Repair Brakes

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The 1995 Toyota 4Runner has disc brakes on all four wheels. The disc brake pads are inside the brake calipers. As the brake pedal is being pushed inward, the brake fluid pressurizes the cylinder inside the brake caliper. The caliper cylinder then compresses the brake pads to the inboard and outboard side of each brake rotor. This is the complete process for stopping the 4Runner. You should change the brakes before the brake thickness reaches less than 1/8 inch.

Tools Used[edit]

Jack stand
Tire tool
1/2-inch drive ratchet
1/2-inch drive socket set (metric)
Flat-head screwdriver
New brake pads

Repair Brakes[edit]

  • Park the 1995 Toyota 4Runner on a level surface and engage the parking brake.
  • Loosen all of the lug nuts on the front wheels about a quarter turn, using a tire tool.
  • Jack the front of the 4Runner up from the cross-member below the engine. Place the jack stands under the proper front jacking points. Lower the 4Runner onto the stands.
  • Unscrew and remove all of the lug nuts from the front wheels with the tire tool. Pull the front wheels off and place them flat down.
  • Move to the left front wheel hub. Locate the two mounting bolts on the back side of the brake caliper. Loosen and remove the bolts with a ratchet and a metric socket.
  • Slide the end of the screwdriver between the brake rotor and the outboard brake pad. Pry the brake pad toward the caliper cylinder until the cylinder has * compressed enough for you to remove the caliper from the rotor.
  • Pull the rotor off of the caliper and hang it to one of the suspension components behind the wheel hub with a piece of rope. Pry the inboard brake pad out of the clip inside of the caliper with a flat-head screwdriver.
  • Slide the C-clamp around the outboard brake pad and the back of the brake caliper. Slowly compress the outboard brake pad against the caliper cylinder with the C-clamp to fully compress the cylinder inside of the caliper. Remove the C-clamp from the caliper and pry the outboard brake pad out of the clip inside of the caliper.
  • Position two new brake pads inside the clips of the brake caliper. Inspect the inboard and outboard sides of the brake pad for wear and grooving. If the damage is significant, replace the rotor with a new rotor. If the damage is minimal, have the rotor machined. If there is no damage, leave the rotor on the wheel hub.
  • Lift the brake caliper off the suspension and remove the rope. Reposition the caliper over the brake rotor and onto the caliper bracket. Screw the two rear mounting bolts back through the caliper and tighten with the ratchet and socket. Slide the wheel back on and secure the wheel tightly to the wheel hub with the lug nuts.
  • Repeat the steps to replace the brake pads on the other three wheels. Jack the 4Runner up and remove the jack stands. Lower the 4Runner to the ground. Finish torquing the lug nuts tightly with the tire tool.
  • Crank the motor and push the brake pedal in and out four or five times to set the new brake pads to the proper distance from each side of the brake rotors. Test drive the 4Runner in a safe location to check the operation of the new brakes.