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Nissan Maxima Discs, Rotors, and Hardware

Safety is important for all vehicles on the road, including your Nissan Maxima. In addition to engine and transmission care, proper care and maintenance of the brake system is an important safety factor. To be able to properly care for your Nissan, you'll need to understand the basic functions and parts of the braking system.

How do brake rotors and discs work?

When you apply the brakes in your Nissan sedan, the brake calipers press brake pads against the brake rotor, causing friction against the pads and stopping your car. It's the friction between the discs in the brake and the pads that puts the horsepower behind the stopping power.

What does OEM mean?

The term OEM refers to Original Equipment Manufacturer. A part is considered genuine OEM if it was made by the automobile company or a secondary company that's a direct subcontractor to that vehicle manufacturer. For your Nissan Maxima, the parts would be made by Nissan or a company they've contracted. When looking at replacement parts for your Maxima, be sure any that are non-OEM meet the Nissan requirements for a safe fit.

How many rotors does a Nissan Maxima have?

There are brake rotors in both the front and the rear, so in the case of your Nissan Maxima, there would be four rotors. Some earlier cars might have only had one set, but newer cars and high-performance cars include one rotor per wheel.

How do you replace rotors in a Nissan Maxima?

The replacement process for the brake rotors in your Nissan is fairly simple. Just follow these steps:

  • Remove the first wheel starting at the front of your Maxima.
  • Remove the caliper by removing the bolts behind the assembly.
  • Remove the old rotor and slide the new one on in its place.
  • Replace the calipers, bolts, and wheel in the reverse order.
  • Repeat for all other tires in your Nissan, moving from the front to the rear of your car.
What are signs that brake parts require replacement?

There are a few warning signals that might indicate it's time for replacement brakes or components for your Maxima.

  • Sounds: Screeching, grinding, or squealing can indicate that brake pads are worn.
  • Vibration: A vibration or pulsing in the steering or the pedal could be a sign that the rotors are warped.
  • Softness: If the brake pedal goes further toward the floor of your vehicle than normal, it could indicate problems with the pads.
  • Odors: If there's a burning smell coming from the brakes on your Nissan Maxima, it's critical to get the brakes checked immediately. This could be a warning sign for a number of issues.
  • Warning light: Of course, Nissan created the brake indicator light for a reason. If the brake warning light turns on in your Maxima, have the system checked for issues.