How to Replace Nissan Brake Rotors

A lot of people put off replacing their brake rotors because dealerships and repair shops tend to charge a lot of money to get the job done.

The good news is that replacing your rotors doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can do it yourself. All you need is this guide and a wrench. You’ll save a lot of money in labor and replacement parts.

Saving Money on Replacement Parts

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Dealerships impose a hefty markup on their replacement parts. If you have a dealership replace the rotors on your Nissan, you’ll be forced to pay their inflated prices for replacement rotors. If you do it yourself, you can shop around for a bargain.

We strongly suggest steering clear of aftermarket rotors for the reasons listed here. Don’t be discouraged, though. You can actually find genuine OEM Nissan brake rotors at wholesale prices on our website. Just visit this catalog and do a search on your Nissan model.

The Only Tool You’ll Need

You don’t need any special tools to do this job. In fact, you just need one tool: a 19mm wrench. Note that you will need a floor jack and sturdy jack stands, too.

Nissan Brake Rotor Replacement Tutorial

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We based this set of instructions on the Altima model. The process may be a little bit different for other Nissan models, but it should still be easy to follow. Each rotor should take about 20 minutes to replace.

  1. Slightly loosen the lug nuts on the wheels you're going to remove.
  2. Lift one end of your vehicle and support it on jackstands.
  3. Remove the lug nuts from one of the wheels and then take the wheel off the car.
  4. Find the two 19mm bolts behind the caliper assembly. Remove both of them.
  5. Take the caliper off of the rotor. Don't let it hang from the brake line. Use a bungee cord, wire, or something similar to support the caliper. If you don't have a bungee cord, you can prop it up with a box or something sturdy.
  6. Pull the rotor off the wheel hub assembly. If you live in an area with a lot of road salt, you may need to whack it with a hammer to loosen it.
  7. Slide in the new rotor and then install it in the reverse order of removal.
  8. Repeat with the rotor on the other side.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about the replacement process or finding the right rotors for your Nissan model.