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How to Replace Front Caliper Hardware Kit 06-18 Toyota RAV4

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How to Replace Front Caliper Hardware Kit 06-18 Toyota RAV4

Created on: 2019-09-23

Check out how to replace the brake caliper hardware on your 05-16 Toyota RAV4. It's something you should do every several brake jobs!

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools


    Wire Brush

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Brake Parts Cleaner

    Brake Grease

    Cloth Rags

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Torque Wrench


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    14mm Socket

    17mm Socket

    21mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Brake Caliper Hanger

    Brake Caliper Compressor Tool. Quad Piston. Ratchet Style.

  • Wrenches - Metric

    17mm Wrench

Installation Video
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What's up guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video I'm going to show you how to install a brake hardware kit on this 2010 Toyota Rav4. If you need this kit or other parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to All right, I raised and supported the vehicle. I'm going to remove the wheel and I'm using a 21 millimeter socket and an air gun. If you don't have an air gun, you can use a breaker bar. Just crack the lug nuts free while the vehicle is still on the ground.

All right, now I want to take the tire off. This one's stuck on there pretty good, so I'm going to put one lug nut on and just hit it on the back side of the tire with the hammer. Break it free. The reason you leave the lug nut, so the tire doesn't go flying. Now take the lug nut off and pull the tire off. Now I want to take the caliper off. I'm going to use a 14 millimeter socket and a ratchet. Loosen up these bolts right here. This one and this one, goes out and if the studs or the slides start spinning, you can use a wrench to hold those or even some pliers.

Grab the caliper, I'm just going to rock it back and forth a little bit. Then I'm going to use this caliper hanger, we actually sell these at Now hook it onto the coil spring and then slide it through the caliper. This is going to prevent too much pressure on the hose, if you let it hang from the hose, you could damage the hose. And I'll take the brake pads off, just slide these off. Then I'll take a 17 millimeter socket and ratchet and take these two caliper bracket bolts out. You might need to use a breaker bar if they're on there too tight. Once those are loose, then I'm going to switch to an electric ratchet. It goes up, just like that and slide the bracket off.

All right. I'm just going to take a straight blade screwdriver, take these clips off. If you have to reuse them, then try to keep them in good shape. Try not to bend them. Just push up on there and get underneath there and then just take a wire brush, just clean some of the rust off right here. Then I'm going to do the same with the other side. Then you can also take these clips, try to wire brush these if you're going to reuse them. Same right there. You can actually put the clips back on and then wire brush it.

Took these slide pins out. Just grab them, rotate them a little bit. I'm trying to get these rubber dust shields off. This one's being a little bit difficult, what you can do is just take a screwdriver and get in underneath here and slide this rubber piece out. Do the same with the other side. Slide it out, get underneath here and just pop it out, just like that. On one of these slide pins you can slide this little rubber piece off. You can use a pick or a screwdriver.

Here's the old parts. Here's the new front brake caliper hardware kit from Comes with the anti-rattle clips, comes with enough for both sides, comes with these rubber guide grommets, and then also these dust shields as well. But it also comes with these brakes pad wear clips, which will give you a warning bill. Sometimes they call them squealers. They'll give you a warning when the brake pads start getting low, they'll make a squeaking noise this way, that way you know you need brakes. Get your kit at and you'll be ready to rock and roll.

So when we have these guide pins out, it's important to remember which pin goes on which side because this one doesn't have that rubber guide, this one does. And that generally just keeps the vibrations down for when you're braking. So we'll start with this side. After you've cleaned it off with brake clean, wipe it down, insert this rubber dust shield, slide that position there. Use a little screwdriver or a pick. That looks good. We do the same on this side. A lot of times these rip over time, the rubber just breaks down. Like that. Okay, those are good.

Take a little caliper grease put on this pin. That's good. And then we'll take this new rubber guide. This will just slide right on here, just like that. Take a little caliper grease, I like to not put too much grease on the end of it because then sometimes it's hard to push that back in. Slide that back in position, give it a little twist and make sure that boot seats and those look good.

Now just take a little caliper grease. Just put it on these locations right here. That's just going to prevent a little bit of the corrosion from underneath these rattle clips. Now these are directional, they do go on a certain way. So this clip goes here. This one goes here so that the spring side of the clip is on the outside, not on the inside, so you wouldn't want to install this clip here.

Now we can go on there now. Now we'll do the same with the other side. Little bit of grease. Install this clip here and this one goes right here. That's good, we can take a little more grease. Just put a little grease on the clips. It's just going to help the pads slide back and forth easily, here and there. Now we're going to install the squealers. Now this squealer is going to go on this side of the brake pad. Just slide it on, like that. And this brake pad goes on the inside of the car. So this one's going to go on this side. So you're going to have to on the opposite sides, just like that. Let's go install it on the car.

Now we'll take the caliper bracket, slide it over the rotor and take the caliper bolts, get those started. And I'll just tighten these up by hand. And then we're going to torque them. Now I'm going to torque these caliper bracket bolts with a 17 millimeter socket and a torque wrench, to 79 foot pounds. That's good. So we have our breaks, we have our squealer clips on there, warning clips. Now when you install them, what you want is the rotation of the rotor. You want the clip at the beginning of the rotation because that's what's going to wear out faster. This part of the pad's going to wear out faster than this part, at least on the outside here. Just slide those in position. And then same with the inside. So we want the clips at the top on this. Install those, just like that.

All right, now I'm going to take the caliper off the hanger, slide this over here. Now I want to compress this caliper. I'm going to use this caliper compressing tool. We actually sell this at This is a ratchet style tool, so slide this in here and it ratchets to tighten and also to loosen. As I do this, it's pushing the piston back into the caliper, which is pushing fluid through the hose, back through the brake line, back up to the master cylinder into the reservoir, brake reservoir. And if you do it nice and slow, you won't have any problems. Just go slow and then it's always a good idea to check the fluid level after you're done a break job just to make sure you don't have too much or too little. Just compress that piston all the way down.

All right, we'll ratchet that down. Loosen this up. Just spin that, tighten that up. That's good. All right, slide the caliper over the pads. Just like that, take these caliper bolts starting here and here. Now I'm going to tighten these caliper bolts down. I'm going to use a 17 millimeter wrench to hold the guide pin from spinning and then torque these with a 14 millimeter socket and a torque wrench to 25 foot pounds. Just like that, and then do the same on the top. That's good.

Now, install the tire. Take the lug nuts, install the lug nuts. Now, I lowered the vehicle down to the ground so that the tires just touching the ground and I'm going to torque these with a 21 millimeter socket and a torque wrench to 76 foot pounds. I'm going to do this in a star pattern. The reason you do it in the star pattern is so that the wheel gets tightened down evenly. And then I always like to go around again just to double check, and you're good to go.

Now we want to make sure we pump up the brake pedal because there is going to be a little bit of an air gap between the brake pads and the rotor. And this is going to eliminate that air gap. Just pump it up, it's going to squish the piston into the brake pads and it's good. Make sure it feels good. Last, under under the hood, you want to make sure you check your brake fluid level and make sure it's not too high. If it's above the max, you want to empty some out, use some kind of fluid transfer pump. And then if it's too low, you want to add the appropriate brake fluid.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Hammer
  • Wire Brush

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Brake Parts Cleaner
  • Brake Grease
  • Cloth Rags

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 14mm Socket
  • 17mm Socket
  • 21mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Brake Caliper Hanger
  • Brake Caliper Compressor Tool. Quad Piston. Ratchet Style.

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 17mm Wrench

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