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

Wheel Cylinders

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the rear wheels.
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  5. Remove the brake drums.
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  7. Remove the brake shoes. Replace if soaked with grease or brake fluid.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Using a flare nut wrench, loosen the brake line fitting to the wheel cylinder ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... then unscrew the fitting from behind the wheel cylinder



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Fig. Fig. 3: After removing the mounting bolts, remove the wheel cylinder from the brake backing plate

  1. Disconnect and plug the rear brake flex hose from the wheel cylinder.
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  3. Remove the 2 wheel cylinder attaching bolts.
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  5. Remove the wheel cylinder from the backing plate.
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To install:
  1. Apply a small bead of silicone sealer around the mating surface of the backing plate and the wheel cylinder.
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  3. Position the wheel cylinder on the backing plate and install the 2 wheel cylinder attaching bolts. Tighten the wheel cylinder attaching bolts as follows:

    Cirrus, Stratus and Breeze-97 inch lbs. (11 Nm)
     
    Sebring convertible-115 inch lbs. (13 Nm)
     
    Sebring coupe and Avenger-7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm)
     

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  5. Hand-start the brake line to the wheel cylinder. Tighten the brake line fitting as follows:

    Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze-145 inch lbs. (17 Nm)
     
    Sebring coupe and Avenger-11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm)
     

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  7. Install the rear brake shoes. Install the brake drum onto the wheel hub.
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  9. Install the tire and wheel assembly. Tighten in a star pattern to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
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  11. Adjust the rear brakes.
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  13. Bleed the entire brake hydraulic system.
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  15. Road test the vehicle to check for proper brake operation.
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OVERHAUL



See Figures 4 through 13

Wheel cylinder overhaul kits may be available, but often at little or no savings over a reconditioned wheel cylinder. It often makes sense with these components to substitute a new or reconditioned part instead of attempting an overhaul.

If no replacement is available, or you would prefer to overhaul your wheel cylinders, the following procedure may be used. When rebuilding and installing wheel cylinders, avoid getting any contaminants into the system. Always use clean, new, high quality brake fluid. If dirty or improper fluid has been used, it will be necessary to drain the entire system, flush the system with proper brake fluid, replace all rubber components, then refill and bleed the system.

  1. Remove the wheel cylinder from the vehicle and place on a clean workbench.
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  3. First remove and discard the old rubber boots, then withdraw the pistons. Piston cylinders are equipped with seals and a spring assembly, all located behind the pistons in the cylinder bore.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the outer boots from the wheel cylinder

  1. Remove the remaining inner components, seals and spring assembly. Compressed air may be useful in removing these components. If no compressed air is available, be VERY careful not to score the wheel cylinder bore when removing parts from it. Discard all components for which replacements were supplied in the rebuild kit.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Compressed air can be used to remove the pistons and seals



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the pistons, cup seals and spring from the cylinder

  1. Wash the cylinder and metal parts in denatured alcohol or clean brake fluid.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Use brake fluid and a soft brush to clean the pistons ...



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Fig. Fig. 8: ... and the bore of the wheel cylinder


WARNING
Never use a mineral-based solvent such as gasoline, kerosene or paint thinner for cleaning purposes. These solvents will swell rubber components and quickly deteriorate them.

  1. Allow the parts to air dry or use compressed air. Do not use rags for cleaning, since lint will remain in the cylinder bore.
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  3. Inspect the piston and replace it if it shows scratches.
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Fig. Fig. 9: Once cleaned and inspected, the wheel cylinder is ready for assembly

  1. Lubricate the cylinder bore and seals using clean brake fluid.
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  3. Position the spring assembly.
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  5. Install the inner seals, then the pistons.
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Fig. Fig. 10: Lubricate the cup seals with brake fluid



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Fig. Fig. 11: Install the spring, then the cup seals in the bore



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Fig. Fig. 12: Lightly lubricate the pistons, then install them

  1. Insert the new boots into the counterbores by hand. Do not lubricate the boots.
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Fig. Fig. 13: The boots can now be installed over the wheel cylinder ends

  1. Install the wheel cylinder.
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