How to replace the rear brake pads in my dodge avenger

Written by allen moore
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Dodge Avengers have four-wheel disc brake systems that provide superior brake wear and performance over older drum-style brake systems. The rear brakes provide lateral stabilisation for the Avenger when stopping. Without properly functioning rear brakes, you'll lose control of the car every time you come to a halt. The brake pads wear down over time as part of their design functionality. Once they've worn thinner than 3-mm you need to replace them. Anyone with basic auto-repair skills can replace the rear brake pads on a Dodge Avenger.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • 2 wheel chocks
  • Lug wrench
  • Floor jack
  • 2 jack stands
  • Dripping pan
  • Brake cleaner
  • Socket set
  • Caliper tool
  • Torque wrench

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  1. 1

    Shove the wheel chocks against the front and back of the right-front tire. Loosen the Avenger's rear lug nuts with your lug wrench by turning them counterclockwise.

  2. 2

    Lift the back end of the Avenger with the floor jack. Support it on jack stands. Take the rear lug nuts and wheels off the Dodge by hand.

  3. 3

    Set the dripping pan below the Avenger's right-rear brake assembly and wash the brake dust off the rotor and caliper with brake cleaner.

  4. 4

    Remove the caliper bolts with your socket set. Lift the caliper out of the mount and remove the old rear brake pads by hand. Discard the old pads.

  5. 5

    Wash the caliper pistons and slides with brake cleaner. Lube the slides with a generous amount of white lithium grease.

  6. 6

    Push the pistons back into the caliper with the caliper tool. Install the new rear brake pads by hand.

  7. 7

    Set the caliper into the mount and bolt it in place with your socket set. Reinstall the back tires and lug nuts.

  8. 8

    Lower the Avenger off the jack stands. Tighten the rear lug nuts to 85ft.-lbs. with your torque wrench. Move the wheel chocks before operating the car.

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