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  • 3/8" and 1/2" Socket Wrenches
  • 3/8" and 1/2" Socket extensions
  • 1/2" to 3/8" Socket adapter
  • 7mm Allen socket
  • 16mm socket
  • torque wrench
  • T50 Torx
  • special tool: Disc Brake Pad spreader (purchased from @ $10)
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Rubber mallet
  • Breaker bar
  • Pliers
  • optional: rechargeable angle driver, rechargeable impact driver
  • wheel chocks


  • disposable gloves
  • anti-seize grease
  • anti-squeal brake compound
  • OE-spec brakes pads
  • OE-spec rotors, 2 (10.8: diameter)

WARNING: Safety first. Before starting, activate your parking brake and install wheel chocks. This will prevent the car from rolling.

Jack the Mini and take out the fron wheel.

Using a T50 Torx bit, take out the Rotor set screw.

using a flat head screwdriver, pry out the caliper clip. This holds the two parts of the caliper together.

It is a lot easier if the wheels are turned outward so that you have better access to the wheel especially the back of the wheel area.

The caliper housing is held by 2 allen bolts inside these 2 rubber housings. Using a flat head screwdriver, pry out the plastic caps of the caliper housing bolts to gain access to the allen bolts.

Using a 7mm Allen socket bit, loosen the 2 bolts that hold the caliper housing to the frame.

Once the allen bolts are out, wiggle and slide the brake caliper out of the rotor. If the brake pads are wedged tight, wedge a screwdriver between the brake pad and the rotor to compress back the piston (see the picture shown with the right front wheel).

Lay the caliper on top or hang it with a cord out of the way.

Locate the 2 bolts that hold the caliper bracket to the frame.

Using a 16mm Socket, loosen the 2 bolts out.

(Optional). Shown here with the right wheel, I used an angle rechargeable driver to completely take out the bolts (just to speed up removal) once they are loose.

Caliper bracket and old brake pad shown.

If the rotor is somewhat seized into the hub, use a rubber mallet to slightly tap and break it loose from the wheel hub.

Take out the old rotor.

Apply anti-seize grease to the rotor torx set screw.

Install the new rotor and tighten the set screw. This screw does not have to be overly tight. 

Using a special Brake Pad spreader tool, compress back the piston to make room for the new thicker brake pads. Compress it all the way back, this will make the reinstallation of the brake caliper a lot easier.

Special Tool: Pitbull CHIB019 Disc Brake Pad Spreader, $10 from

This brake pad already had rubber padding. It is not necessary to apply anti-squeal compound to the pad if you don't want to -- but I still did. it is your preference.

Install the new brake pads (2)

Reinstall the brake caliper assembly.

Tighten the 2 allen bolts with a 7mm allen bit.

Reinstall the plastic caps. 

Reinstall the caliper clips and you're done!

Reinstall the wheel and torque the wheel lug bolts to 120nM (using a torque wrench). NOTE: tighten the lug bolts in a star pattern.

DONE. That wasn't bad at all!

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