The Chrysler Sebring has disc or drum brakes in the rear of the car. Disc brakes are easier than drum brakes to replace and have more efficient stopping power as well. If your Sebring has disc brakes in the rear, read further to learn how to replace them.
Remove half the brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir with a syringe or suction gun. Drain the brake fluid into an approved container and dispose of it according to your state's regulations.
Lift the vehicle from the ground with a car jack. Support the Sebring on all sides with jack stands to prevent it from tipping. Keep children and animals out of the vicinity while replacing the brakes.
Loosen the lug nuts with a torque wrench and remove the rear wheels. Remove the two guide pin bolts that connect the caliper to the adapter. Rotate the caliper away from the adapter and lift it off. Secure it the rear strut with mechanical wire.
Take the rear rotor off the hub and inspect the parking brake shoes. Replace them if they show any signs of damage.
Pry the parking brake pad retaining clip over the caliper. Slip the outboard brake pad off the caliper. Pull the inboard brake pad away from the caliper piston until the retaining clip pops out.
Retract the caliper piston into the bore. Grease the adapter abutments with a multipurpose lubricant. Replace the rear rotor on the hub, making sure it seats properly.
Take off the paper that is protecting the noise suppression gasket on the new brake pad assemblies. Press the new inboard brake pads into the bore with your thumbs. Verify that the brake pads sit properly.
Install the new outboard brake pads onto the caliper. Check that the retaining clip seats fully into the depression on the caliper.
Release the caliper from the rear strut and lower it over the rotor. Verify that the caliper guide pin bolts, bushings and sleeves are free of the adapter bosses. Install the guide pin bolts and torque to 16 foot/pound.
Replace the wheel assemblies and torque the lug nuts to 100 foot/pound. Lower the Sebring to the ground and pump the brakes. Replace any necessary brake fluid.
Things you need
- Syringe or suction gun
- Sealed container
- Car jack
- 4 Jack stands
- Torque wrench
- Mechanical wire
- Multipurpose lubricant
- 2 Outboard brake pads
- 2 Inboard brake pads