Avenger 2008

Brake Pads

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
    NOTE
    Perform these steps on each side of the vehicle to complete pad set removal.

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  3. Remove the wheel mounting nuts, then the tire and wheel assembly.
    NOTE
    In some cases, it may be necessary to retract the caliper piston in its bore a small amount in order to provide sufficient clearance between the pads and the rotor to easily remove the caliper from the knuckle. This can usually be accomplished before the guide pin bolts are removed, by grasping the rear of the caliper and pulling outward working with the guide pins, thus retracting the piston. Never push on the piston directly as it may get damaged.

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  5. Remove the disc brake caliper (2) lower guide pin bolt (1).
    CAUTION
    When moving rear brake caliper upward, use extreme care not to damage or overextend the flex hose. Damage may occur.



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    Fig. Remove the disc brake caliper (2) lower guide pin bolt (1)

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  7. Rotate the caliper (1) upward hinging off the upper guide pin bolt. Rotate the caliper upward just enough to allow brake pad removal. Hang the caliper assembly in this position using wire or a bungee cord.

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    Fig. Rotate the caliper (1) upward hinging off the upper guide pin bolt

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  9. Remove the inboard brake pad (5) from the caliper adapter bracket (3).

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    Fig. Remove the inboard brake pad (5) from the caliper adapter bracket (3)

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  11. Remove the outboard brake pad (2) from the caliper (1) by prying the brake pad retaining clip over the raised area on the caliper. Slide the brake pad off of the brake caliper.
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To install:


NOTE
Perform these steps on each side of the vehicle to complete pad set installation.

  1. Completely retract the caliper piston back into the piston bore of the caliper. This is required to gain the necessary pad-to-rotor clearance for the caliper installation onto the steering knuckle.
    NOTE
    Place the brake pad with the audible wear indicator attached on the inboard side. The audible wear indicator should be positioned at the bottom when installed.

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  3. Slide the outboard brake pad onto the caliper. Be sure the retaining clip is squarely seated in the depressed areas on the caliper beyond the raised retaining bead.
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  5. Place the inboard brake pad in the abutment shims clipped into the disc brake caliper adapter bracket (see preceding note).
    CAUTION
    Use care when installing the caliper onto the adapter bracket to avoid damaging the guide pin boot.

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  7. Rotate the disc brake caliper downward over the brake rotor and lower part of caliper adapter.
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  9. Install the disc brake caliper lower guide pin bolt. Tighten the guide pin bolt to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
    NOTE
    Once the caliper is installed, inspect the outboard brake pad to make sure it is correctly positioned. The retaining clip must be squarely seated in the depressed areas on the caliper fingers. Also, the nubs on the pad's steel backing plate must be fully seated in the depressions formed into the inside of the caliper fingers. There should be no gap between the pad backing plate and the caliper fingers.

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  11. Install tire and wheel assembly.
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  13. Lower the vehicle.
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  15. Pump the brake pedal several times to ensure the vehicle has a firm brake pedal before moving the vehicle.
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  17. Road test the vehicle and make several stops to wear off any foreign material on the brakes and to seat the brake pads.
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