Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

Brake Pads

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring Convertible and Breeze

CAUTION
Older brake pads or shoes may contain asbestos, which has been determined to be cancer causing agent. Never clean the brake surface with compressed air! Avoid inhaling any dust from any brake surface! When cleaning brake surfaces, use a commercially available brake cleaning fluid.

See Figures 1 through 9

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the appropriate wheel and tire assemblies.
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Regardless of their wear pattern, when brake pads are replaced on one side of the vehicle, they must also be replaced on the other side. It is advisable, however, to complete one side before beginning the other.

  1. Remove the 2 caliper-to-steering knuckle guide pin bolts.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Loosen the 2 caliper-to-steering knuckle guide pin bolts ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... then pull them out of the caliper assembly



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Fig. Fig. 3: Lift the brake caliper assembly away from the steering knuckle

  1. Lift the caliper away from the steering knuckle by first rotating the free end of the caliper away from the steering knuckle. Then slide the opposite end of the caliper out from under the machined end of the steering knuckle.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the inboard pad by pulling it away from the caliper piston



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the outboard brake pad by disengaging the retaining clip from the caliper assembly



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Fig. Fig. 6: Support the caliper assembly from the coil spring or upper control arm, using a strong piece of wire

  1. Remove the brake pads from the caliper. Pull the inboard brake pad away from the piston until the retaining clip is free from the cavity in the piston. Remove the outboard brake pad by prying the pad retaining clip over the raised area on the caliper. Then slide the pad down and off the caliper.
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  3. Support the caliper from the upper control arm or coil spring to prevent the weight of the caliper from being supported by the brake flex hose, which will damage the hose.
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To install:
  1. Thoroughly clean all parts. Inspect the caliper for piston seal leaks (brake fluid in and around the boot area and inboard lining) and for any ruptures of the piston dust boot. If the boot is damaged or fluid leakage is visible, disassemble the caliper and install a new seal and boot (and piston, if scored).
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Fig. Fig. 7: Completely depress the brake piston into the caliper bore



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Fig. Fig. 8: Using a metal bristle brush, clean the area on the steering knuckle where the caliper slides ...



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Fig. Fig. 9: ... then lubricate the area with high temperature grease

  1. Inspect the caliper pin bushings. Replace if damaged, dry or brittle.
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  3. Completely depress the piston into the caliper using a large C-clamp or other suitable tool.
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  5. Lubricate the area on the steering knuckle where the caliper slides with high temperature grease.
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  7. Install the new inboard brake pad into the caliper piston by firmly pressing into the piston bore. Install the brake pads into the caliper. Note that the inboard and outboard pads are different. Make sure the inboard brake pad assembly is positioned squarely against the face of the caliper piston.
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Be sure to remove the noise suppression gasket paper cover if the pads come so equipped.

  1. Install the new outboard brake pad onto the caliper assembly.
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  3. Carefully position the caliper and brake pad assemblies over the rotor by hooking the upper end of the caliper over the steering knuckle. Then, rotate the caliper into position at the bottom of the steering knuckle. Make sure the caliper guide pin bolts, bushings and sleeves are clear of the steering knuckle bosses.
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  5. Install the caliper guide pin bolts and tighten to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
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  7. Repeat Steps 2-14 for the corresponding position (front or rear) on the other side of the vehicle.
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  9. Install the wheel and tire assemblies. Tighten the lug nuts in 2 steps, in a star pattern to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
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  11. Lower the vehicle.
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  13. Pump the brake pedal until the brake pads are seated and a firm pedal is achieved before attempting to move the vehicle.
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  15. Road test the vehicle to check for proper operation.
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Sebring Coupe and Avenger

See Figures 10 and 11

  1. Remove some of the brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir. The reservoir should be no more than 1 / 2 full. When the pistons are depressed into the calipers, excess fluid will flow up into the reservoir.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the appropriate tire and wheel assemblies.
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  7. Remove the caliper guide and lock pins and lift the caliper assembly from the caliper support. Tie the caliper out of the way using wire. Do not allow the caliper to hang by the brake line.
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On some models, the caliper can be flipped up by leaving the upper pin in place and using it as a pivot point.

  1. Remove the brake pads, spring clip and shims. Take note of the positioning to aid installation.
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  3. Install the wheel lug nuts onto the studs and lightly tighten. This is done to hold the disc on the hub.
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Fig. Fig. 10: Front brake caliper and pad assembly-Sebring coupe and Avenger



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Fig. Fig. 11: Rear brake caliper and pad assembly-Sebring coupe and Avenger

To install:
  1. Use a large C-clamp to compress the piston(s) back into the caliper bore.
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  3. Lubricate the slide points and install the brake pads, shims and spring clip onto the caliper support. Install the caliper over the brake pads.
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Be careful that the piston boot does not become caught when lowering the caliper onto the support. Do not twist the brake hose during caliper installation.

  1. Lubricate and install the caliper guide and lock pins in their original positions. Tighten the guide and locking pins to 54 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
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  3. Install the tire and wheel assemblies. Lower the vehicle.
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CAUTION
Pump the brake pedal several times, until firm, before attempting to move the vehicle.

  1. Road test the vehicle and check brakes for proper operation.
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INSPECTION



See Figure 12

  1. If you can't accurately determine the condition of the brake pads by visual inspection, you must remove the caliper, then remove the brake pads.
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  3. Measure the thickness of the brake pad's lining material at the thinnest portion of the assembly. Do not include the pad's metal backing plate in the measurement.
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  5. On Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze models, when a set of brake pads are worn to a total thickness of 3 / 8 in. (9.0mm) for front brakes, or 1 / 8 in. (3.0mm) for rear brakes, they should be replaced.
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  7. On Sebring coupe and Avenger models, when a set of brake pads are worn to a total thickness of 3 / 32 in. (2.0mm), they should be replaced.
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Fig. Fig. 12: Measuring brake pad thickness

  1. Replace both brake shoe assemblies (inboard and outboard). It is necessary that both front wheel sets be replaced whenever the brake shoe assemblies on either side are replaced.
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  3. If the brake shoes do not require replacement, reinstall the assemblies making sure each brake shoe is returned to the original position.
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