Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 2WD and 4WD, 2001-2005

Brake Pads

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
Dust and dirt accumulating on brake parts during normal use may contain asbestos fibers from production or aftermarket brake linings. Breathing excessive concentrations of asbestos fibers can cause serious bodily harm. Exercise care when servicing brake parts. Do not sand or grind brake lining unless equipment used is designed to contain the dust residue. Do not clean brake parts with compressed air or by dry brushing. Cleaning should be done by dampening the brake components with a fine mist of water, then wiping the brake components clean with a dampened cloth. Dispose of cloth and all residue containing asbestos fibers in an impermeable container with the appropriate label. Follow practices prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the handling, processing, and disposing of dust or debris that may contain asbestos fibers.

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
  4.  
  5. Press the caliper piston back into the bore with a suitable prytool. Use a large C-clamp to drive the piston into the bore of additional force is required.
  6.  
  7. Remove the caliper mounting bolts with a 3 / 8 in. hex wrench or socket.
  8.  
  9. Rotate the caliper rearward off the rotor and out from its mount.
  10.  
  11. Set the caliper on a crate or sturdy box, then remove the inboard and outboard brake pads. The inboard pad has a spring clip that holds it in the caliper. Tilt this pad out at the top to unseat the clip. The outboard pad has a retaining spring that secures it in the caliper. Unseat 1 spring end and rotate the pad out of the caliper.
  12.  
  13. Secure the caliper to a chassis or suspension component with a sturdy wire. Do not let it hang from the hose.
  14.  

To install:

  1. Clean the caliper and steering knuckle sliding surfaces with a wire brush. Then, apply a coat of Mopar® multi-mileage grease or equivalent.
    NOTE
    If there is minor rust or corrosion on the pins, first polish them with a crocus cloth. If they are severely rusted, replace them.

  2.  
  3. Lubricate the caliper mounting bolts, collars, bushings and bores with Dow 111® or GE 661® silicone grease or equivalent.
  4.  
  5. Install the inboard pad and its spring clip.
  6.  
  7. Install the outboard brake pad.
  8.  
  9. Install the caliper over the rotor and seat it until flush in its original position.
  10.  
  11. Install the mounting bolts by hand, then tighten them to 38 ft. lbs. (51 Nm) for 2001-02 models; 24 ft. lbs. (33 Nm) for 2003-05 models.
  12.  
  13. Install the wheels.
  14.  
  15. Lower the vehicle.
  16.  
  17. Pump the brakes several times to seat the pads.
  18.  


CAUTION
Dust and dirt accumulating on brake parts during normal use may contain asbestos fibers from production or aftermarket brake linings. Breathing excessive concentrations of asbestos fibers can cause serious bodily harm. Exercise care when servicing brake parts. Do not sand or grind brake lining unless equipment used is designed to contain the dust residue. Do not clean brake parts with compressed air or by dry brushing. Cleaning should be done by dampening the brake components with a fine mist of water, then wiping the brake components clean with a dampened cloth. Dispose of cloth and all residue containing asbestos fibers in an impermeable container with the appropriate label. Follow practices prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the handling, processing, and disposing of dust or debris that may contain asbestos fibers.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.

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    Fig. Rear brake caliper assembly in position

    Rear brake caliper assembly in position
  2.  
  3. Compress the piston.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    The springs are not interchangeable.



    Caliper pin bolts
     
    Caliper
     
    Inboard and outboard pads
     
    Anti-rattle springs
     

  6.  
  7. Installation is the reverse of removal. Use brake grease on the springs.
  8.  

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
  4.  
  5. Press the caliper piston back into the bore with a suitable prytool. Use a large C-clamp to drive the piston into the bore of additional force is required.
  6.  
  7. Remove the caliper mounting bolts with a 3 / 8 in. hex wrench or socket.
  8.  
  9. Loosen the bolt that secures the front brake hose fitting bolt in the caliper.
  10.  
  11. Rotate the caliper rearward off the rotor and out from its mount.
  12.  
  13. Remove the front brake hose fitting bolt completely, then remove the caliper with the pads installed as an assembly. Take care not to drip fluid onto the pad surfaces.
  14.  
  15. Cover the open end of the front brake hose fitting to prevent dirt entry.
  16.  

To install:

  1. Clean the caliper and steering knuckle sliding surfaces with a wire brush. Then, apply a coat of Mopar® multi-mileage grease or equivalent.
  2.  
  3. Lubricate the caliper mounting bolts, collars, bushings and bores with Dow 111® or GE 661® silicone grease or equivalent.
  4.  
  5. Install the caliper over the rotor and seat it in its original position until flush.
  6.  
  7. Install the mounting bolts by hand, then tighten them to 24 ft. lbs. (38 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the wheels.
  10.  
  11. Lower the vehicle.
  12.  
  13. Pump the brakes several times to seat the pads.
  14.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Rear brake caliper assembly in position

    Rear brake caliper assembly in position
  2.  
  3. Compress the piston.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    The springs are not interchangeable.



    Caliper pin bolts
     
    Caliper
     
    Inboard and outboard pads
     
    Anti-rattle springs
     

  6.  
  7. Installation is the reverse of removal. Use brake grease on the springs.
  8.  

 
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