How to Install Front Brake Pads on an Isuzu Rodeo

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The Isuzu Rodeo employs anti-lock disc brakes in the front. The brake pads squeeze against the metal rotors to slow and eventually stop the Rodeo. If the rotors are scored or otherwise damaged, they can wear the brake pads faster than normal. Inspect the rotors while replacing the brake pads to find any maintenance needs before putting on new pads. You can choose to have the brakes serviced by a professional brake mechanic or do it yourself to save time and money.

Things You'll Need

  • Syringe or poultry baster
  • Rag
  • Lug wrench
  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • 13 mm socket and ratchet
  • 13 mm socket wrench (optional)
  • Flat screwdriver
  • Brake pads
  • Brake compound (anti-squeal, copper-based)
  • Channel-lock pliers
  • Funnel
  • Brake fluid
  • Park the Rodeo on a flat stretch of ground and turn the engine off. Pull the hood release lever and move to the front of the vehicle.

  • Lift the hood and remove the master cylinder located to the left of the motor. Siphon half of the brake fluid from the reservoir with a syringe or poultry baster. Place a rag over the master cylinder to keep debris from the fluid remaining in the container.

  • Place tire blocks behind the rear tires and loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels with the lug wrench.

  • Lift the front of the Isuzu with the lifting jack and place jack stands under the front axles for support. Lower the vehicle onto the stands and remove the jack.

  • Remove the lug nuts and take the front wheels off. Rest the tires on the ground with the outside edge facing upward to avoid scratching the wheels on the pavement.

  • Start with the left wheel. Remove the two bolts at the top edge of the caliper with a 13 mm wench or socket and ratchet. Turn the wheel outward to gain better access to the back of the caliper, if necessary.

  • Remove the caliper from the wheel hub and slide the two brake pads from the inside of the caliper. Use a flat screwdriver to pry the pads free if you have difficulty sliding them free by hand. Rest the caliper on top of the Rodeo's steering arm above the wheel hub, relieving the tension on the attached brake line.

  • Place the channel-lock pliers over the back of the caliper and the caliper piston that extends from the inside. Force the caliper piston slowly into the side of the piston to allow for the extra space needed for the thicker brake pads.

  • Remove the new brake pads from their packaging and apply a thin layer of anti-squeal brake compound to the back sides of each disc brake pad. Slide the pads into place on the inside of the caliper.

  • Replace the caliper, with new brake pads installed, back over the brake rotor. Replace the caliper bolts with the wrench or socket and ratchet. Replace the left wheel and screw in the lug nuts by hand.

  • Move to the right side of the Isuzu and repeat steps 6 through 10 to replace the brake pads on the right-front wheel.

  • Lift the front of the Rodeo with the jack to remove the jack stands. Lower the front tires to the ground and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Move to the driver's seat and start the engine.

  • Press the brake pedal to the floor and return it slowly. Repeat the depressions until the pedal response returns to normal stiffness. Turn off the engine and return to the Isuzu's engine compartment.

  • Remove the rag from the master cylinder and place the small end of the funnel into the container. Fill the master cylinder with DOT-3 brake fluid until the reservoir is full. Remove the funnel and replace the master cylinder cap. Close the hood.

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