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How to change the rear brake pads on a Land Rover Freelander 2006-2014

Do you need to replace the brake pads on your 2006 to 2014 Land Rover Freelander 2.2 TD4 diesel engine, but don't know where to start? This video tutorial shows you step-by-step how to do it!

The video was filmed in our workshop where we strip down and rebuild every car when producing our best-selling car repair manuals. Our 2006 to 2014 Land Rover Freelander manual covers 56 to 64 reg vehicles.

You can get it in the traditional printed book, or you can get the online manual version which comes with 16 more videos just like this one! You can find both versions of the manual here!

How to replace the rear brake pads on a Land Rover Freelander

  1. Apply the handbrake, then slacken the rear roadwheel bolts. Jack up the rear of the vehicle and support it on axle stands. Remove both rear roadwheels.
  2. Hold the guide pin with an open-ended spanner, undo the lower retaining bolt
  3. Unclip the brake hose, then pivot the caliper upwards, and tie it to the suspension strut
  4. Remove the outer brake pad and the inner brake pad
  5. Measure the thickness of the pad friction material. If any pad is worn down to 2.0 mm or less, all 4 rear brake pads must be renewed.
  6. Remove the lower shim and the upper shim
  7. Clean the pad mounting surfaces of the caliper bracket
  8. Refit the lower shim, identified by the holes 
  9. Refit the upper shim
  10. If new pads are to be fitted, push the piston back into the caliper body using a retractor tool. Keep an eye on the reservoir fluid level!
  11. Fit the inner brake pad and the outer pad, ensuring the friction material is against the disc surface
  12. Lower the caliper into place
  13. Fit the lower guide pin bolt and tighten it to the specified torque. 
  14. Depress the brake pedal repeatedly, until the pads are pressed into firm contact with the brake disc, and normal (non-assisted) pedal pressure is restored.
  15. Repeat the above procedure on the remaining rear brake caliper.
  16. Apply the little anti-seize grease to the hub surface, then refit the roadwheels, lower the vehicle to the ground and tighten the roadwheel nuts to the specified torque.
  17. Check the hydraulic fluid level.

Roadwheel nuts: 133 Nm (98 Ibf ft)
Guide pin bolts: 30 Nm (22 Ibf ft)

Warning: Renew both sets of rear brake pads at the same time – never renew the pads on only one wheel, as uneven braking may result. Note that the dust created by wear of the pads may contain asbestos, which is a health hazard. Never blow it out with compressed air, and don’t inhale any of it. An approved filtering mask should be worn when working on the brakes. DO NOT use petrol or petroleum-based solvents to clean brake parts; use brake cleaner or methylated spirit only.

Caution: New pads will not give full braking efficiency until they have bedded-in. Be prepared for this, and avoid hard braking as far as possible for the first hundred miles or so after pad renewal.