The RAV4 hit the U.S. market in 1996, two years after it made its debut in Japan. Throughout its lifespan, the RAV4 steadily became more refined. The 2005 RAV4 came standard with four-wheel disc brakes and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 161 horsepower. Just recently, the front brake pads on my 2005 RAV4 started grinding and I found this process made replacing the pads pretty simple.
Removing the Pads
On my 2005 RAV4, there were two bolts holding the caliper in place and I used a ratchet and socket to remove them, while holding the caliper pins in place with an open-end wrench. The pads stayed in the caliper bracket after I removed the caliper, so I just slid them out. There is a series of shims on the pads, so I noted the position of each shim and pried the shims off of the pads with a flat-head screwdriver.
Check and Replacing the Rotors