How to Replace Brake Pads in a Mazda 6
Replacing your brake pads is a job that sounds much harder than it actually is. Pretty much anyone could do it at home, which is a much cheaper option than taking your car to a shop.
This tutorial is for all Mazda 6 owners with a set of worn brake pads. We’ll guide you through the process in the safest, most efficient way possible.
Buying OEM Brake Pads
Pretty much every car owner has asked, “how long do brake pads last?” If you’re a Mazda owner, we’re here to answer that question for you.
With normal driving, OEM Mazda brake pads last about 50,000 miles. Aftermarket brake pads don’t usually last that long because they either vary widely in quality or they’re made for performance driving. There are several more reasons to buy OEM brake pads:
- Exact fitment
- Mazda’s extensive brake parts warranty (aftermarket brake pads are rarely covered by a warranty)
Speaking of availability, OEM brake pads are easy to find. You don’t even need to do any research to find the right ones for your Mazda. You just have to perform a search on your Mazda 6 in an OEM parts catalog (like our catalog) to get the right part number. You can also refer to this list of our top selling Mazda 6 brake pads:
- Part No. G4YA-33-28ZA: Front pads for 2014-2017 Mazda 6 models
- Part No. GHY9-26-48ZC: Rear pads for 2014-2017 Mazda 6 models
- Part No. GPYB-33-28ZF: Front pads for 2006-2012 Mazda 6 models
- Part No. GPYA-26-48ZD: Rear pads for 2006-2013 Mazda 6 models
The 9-Step Process
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- Lift your car. Make sure there’s no weight on the tires.
- Remove the lug nuts from the wheel on the side you’re going to work on.
- Take off the tire and wheel.
- You’ll see the rotor and caliper. If you look inside the caliper, you’ll see the brake pads. Remove the two guide pins holding the caliper in place with a 14mm wrench. Then take the caliper off of the rotor.
- Clean the two guide pins and then grease them well in order to ensure even pad wear.
- Take out the old brake pads.
- Apply high temperature brake grease to the shims on the back side of the pads, and then put in the new brake pads.
- Reinstall the guide pins and caliper.
- Put the wheel back on the car. Be sure to correctly torque the lug nuts.
That’s all! If you need clarification on any of the steps listed above or if you need assistance finding the right replacement brake pads for your Mazda 6, please feel free to contact us.