Chrysler Neon 1995-1999 Repair Guide

Brake Pads

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




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, 2, 3 and 4

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  5. Remove the caliper from the vehicle, suspending it from the body with a suitable piece of wire. Do NOT disconnect the brake line, or allow the caliper to hang from the brake hose.
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Fig. Fig. 1: After unbolting the caliper, use a piece of wire to suspend it from the strut

  1. Remove the outboard brake shoe by prying the shoe retaining clip over the raised area on the caliper.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Pry the outboard shoe retaining clip over the raised area, then remove the shoe from the caliper

  1. Pull the inboard brake shoe away from the caliper piston until the retaining clip is out of the cavity in the piston.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Pull the inboard pad from the caliper, disengaging the retaining clip from the piston cavity

To install:
  1. Apply a suitable multi-purpose lubricant to both steering knuckle abutments.
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  3. If equipped, remove the protective paper from the noise suppression gasket on the inner and outer brake shoes. Keep in mind that the inner and outer brake shoes are different and are not interchangeable.
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  5. Install the new inboard brake pad into the caliper piston by firmly pressing it into the piston bore with your thumbs. Make sure the inboard shoe is positioned squarely against the face of the piston.
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  7. Use the piston compressor tool, a C-clamp or a large pair of pliers to completely retract the caliper piston into the bore.
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Fig. Fig. 4: There are inexpensive tools available to safely and easily retract the caliper piston into the bore

  1. Slide the new outboard brake shoe onto the caliper.
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Be careful when installing the caliper onto the steering knuckle so the seals on the caliper guide pin bushings do not get damaged by the steering knuckle bosses.

  1. Install the caliper, then install the wheel and tire assembly.
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  3. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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INSPECTION



  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. You should measure the combined brake shoe and lining material thickness at the thinnest portion of the assembly.
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  5. When a set of brake pads are worn to a total thickness of 5 / 16 in. (7.95mm) for front brakes, or 9 / 32 in. (7.0mm) for rear brakes, they should be replaced.
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  7. 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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  9. 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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