There are many parts in your braking system, such as the Dodge brake caliper, all working together to ensure that your vehicle is able to smoothly slow and stop as you press the brake pedal. Your Dodge brake caliper is the part that presses your brake pads against the rotor, applying the pressure that serves to create the friction necessary for the brake pads to slow the revolutions of the rotor and bring the vehicle to a stop. There are a variety of symptoms that can indicate that your Dodge brake caliper is edging its way towards failure. These include a sharp pull to one side when pressing the brake pedal, the locking up of a wheel, and a light touch on the pedal resulting hard stop feeling. Inspecting your Dodge brake caliper will involve removing the wheel and getting your hands dirty. You'll want to look for obvious signs of corrosion or other damage on your Dodge brake caliper, as well as making sure that the moving parts are able to do so. You'll also want to check to make sure that the bleeder valve is functioning. If you do find that you need to replace your Dodge brake caliper, you'll find that we offer a variety of Dodge brake caliper replacements in our parts listings, and you'll easily find what you need for your year and model. The Dodge brake caliper you receive from us, in addition to being well priced, will be a reliable replacement part, made to the same stringent standards as the one that was factory installed on your vehicle. It will be sure to take you just as many, if not more, miles as the original, contributing to countless slows and stops. Our online catalog is easy to use, and you'll have no trouble placing your Dodge brake caliper order using our online ordering system, nor will you have to worry about the safety of your information, as our encryption will keep it safe. If you'd rather place your Dodge brake caliper order by phone, we have a toll-free number available for your convenience.
How to Correctly Install Dodge Brake Caliper
The braking system is the frontrunner for safe driving. Whether you have already mastered defensive driving, have won in car racing games, or have been conquering the off-roads, you need reliable brakes. Excellent driving skills will mean nothing if you travel with unreliable brakes, because even a slight problem with the installation of your Dodge brake caliper can put your life in danger. Of course, you may decide to leave the matter to professional mechanics, but it is more practical to learn the correct way of installing brake calipers yourself. For that, here is your reliable guide:
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
- Brake fluid
- Chock blocks
- Jacks and jacks stands
Find a safe and solid level place
If you are going to work something as critical as the braking system, choosing an appropriate place is important for your safety while doing the installation. Remember that in this task, the vehicle needs to be raised in order to remove the wheels and for you to be able to gain access to the brakes. Choose a solid and level place where you can park your Dodge and have it raised using jacks.
Remove the wheels
Make sure that the parking brake and rear brakes are not engaged when working. Then secure the vehicle with chock blocks to avoid rolling in any directions. Choke from the outside the wheels that you are not going to work on. After that, you can loosen the lug nuts already. You may have to remove wheel cover and hub cap, if there is any, before you can do the latter. When done, continue with raising the vehicle in jacks and jack stands as well as in taking the lug nuts out. The entire wheel and tire assembly can then be finally removed.
Remove the old brake caliper
When you loosen the bleeder screw of the brake fuel line, make sure that there is a pan under the caliper to catch the fluid. To avoid spilling, a hose that would snugly hold the screw will be necessary to direct fluid to the pan without spilling. Use a socket or wrench in loosening the screw. Then you need a c-clamp to depress the piston and free the rotor from the pads. You also need to remove the hose from the Dodge brake caliper so that the latter can already be removed from the steering knuckle with the aid of wrenches or hex sockets.
Install the new brake caliper
In installing the new brake caliper, the new brake pads must be fitted first. You also need to lubricate the mounting bolts as well. When bolts are ready, put the new Dodge brake caliper in place in the wheel assembly, then tighten its bolts. Once the caliper has been firmly mounted, align and tighten the brake hose.
Bleed the brakes and mount wheel
Bleeding the brakes before reinstalling the wheels is necessary in order to eliminate air and unwanted contaminants in the fluid for more reliable stopping power. When done, brake fluid must be refilled. And then, you can proceed to wheel installation.