How to Change the Brakes on a Toyota Matrix


Toyota considers the Matrix part of its Corolla line of vehicles, so the process of changing the brakes on the models is similar. Replacement parts such as pads and discs are typically available at local auto parts stores. Basic tools should be adequate for the procedure, and basic knowledge of vehicle parts and how to operate a jack are necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Set of mechanics tools
  • Replacement brake discs
  • Replacement brake pads
  • Car jack
  • 2 axle stands
  • Park the vehicle on a flat surface and engage the parking brake.

  • Jack the car up and secure onto the axle stands. Be sure not to leave the car raised on the jack itself.

  • Unscrew the lug nuts and remove the wheel.

  • Loosen the bolts from the caliper bracket just enough the remove the caliper, but do not detach the bracket itself.

  • Remove the caliper from the bracket.

  • Detach the old brake pad from the caliper bracket.

  • Wipe any dirt or rust from the caliper with a wire brush.

  • Disengage the caliper bracket.

  • Remove the brake disc.

  • Clean all dirt and rust from the brake hub using the wire brush.

  • Install the new brake disc on the hub.

  • Replace the caliper bracket without fully tightening the bolts. The caliper will need to fit before tightening the bracket.

  • Insert the caliper into the bracket and adjust it to fit over the brake pads.

  • Replace the wheel and tighten the lug nuts.

  • Refit the wheel until it is properly aligned.

  • Repeat steps 3-14 to change brakes on opposite side of the vehicle.

  • Raise the vehicle with the jack and remove the axle stands.

  • Lower the car to the ground with the jack.

  • Pump the brake pedal several times.

Tips & Warnings

  • For safety reasons, brakes should be replaced on a per-axle basis, meaning that if the brakes on the driver side of the front axle need replacing, the brakes should be changed on the passenger side as well. Also, if this is the first time you are attempting to change a vehicle's brakes, have someone who has changed brakes before oversee or inspect your work.

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