Maintaining the Dodge Durango Brake Disc and Pad Kit: Important Pointers to Consider
Many Dodge Durango owners often take the disc brakes on their trucks for granted, but once it breaks down, it can lead to either partial or complete brake failure. The disc brakes, which are made up of the brake disc and the brake pads, are highly susceptible to wear due to the heat and pressure they are regularly exposed to, so maintaining these components is essential for any Durango owner.
Did you buy a new Dodge Durango brake disc and pad kit recently? Here are some tips that can help keep your new parts in top shape for longer:
- Make sure to change the brake fluid regularly.
Hydraulic brake fluid tends to absorb water from the air over time, causing its boiling temperature to drop. This, in turn, causes both the brake fluid and the brake disc to heat up more easily, resulting in a myriad of problems including pulsating brakes and warped discs. Dodge recommends replacing the hydraulic fluid in their vehicles every two months, but if the fluid already shows signs of contamination it must changed as soon as possible.
- Coat all sliding surfaces with brake grease.
While getting any type of lubricant on the brake disc and brake pads is a no-no, it's a must for the sliding surfaces of the pads, pins, and hardware of the disc brake. Lubricating these help minimize noise and heat, prevent corrosion, and ensure that the parts move smoothly.
Ideally, you should reapply a thin coat of high-temperature brake grease. If you get any on the pad or disc, spray it with brake cleaner to remove any traces from the surface.
- Sand off rust spots on the pad.
Brake pads with a high metal content tend to rust especially in humid environments, and this will prevent the pads from engaging properly and damage the disc surface. In a worst case scenario, severe corrosion can render the pad unusable and in need of replacement.
Once the pads start to develop rust on the surface, use finegrain sandpaper and grind off the corroded layers. You can also use a file if sandpaper doesn't work. Spray the pad with brake cleaner and wipe off with a rag.
Installing the Dodge Durango Brake Disc and Pad Kit: 3 Tips for Beginners
Installing a new set of brake discs and pads on your Dodge Durango can prove to be difficult especially for first-timers, but it is necessary to ensure the truck's safety on the road. And if you are planning to install a Dodge Durango brake disc and pad kit over the weekend, here are some tips that might prove helpful:
Tip #1: Loosen the lug nuts while the car is still on the ground.
You have an easier time loosening the lug nuts in the front of your car while they are still on the ground. With the parking brake engaged, take a breaker bar and turn the lug nut counter-clockwise. Get the nuts just loose enough that you are able to move them with a regular ratchet, but not to the point that you can pull them off the wheel. If the nuts still remain uncooperative, put bricks behind the front wheels for additional resistance.
Tip #2: Pry stuck calipers with a pry bar.
The brake caliper is secured by a pair of 12-14mm bolts which, once removed, should allow the caliper to slide right out. However, if the caliper is still stuck even with the bolts removed, use a small pry bar or a screwdriver to gently nudge the caliper from its mounting. Once the caliper has been removed, place it in one of the suspension arms or in an elevated surface, or tie it to the frame with a zip tie or bungee cord. Do not let the caliper hang from the brake line, as the hose is not designed to carry weight and may get torn from the strain.
Tip #3: Clean the new brake disc.
The brake discs may be new, but their surfaces are likely contaminated with dust and chemicals left over from the manufacturing process that can impede its performance. To clean them, spray the surfaces with a can of brake cleaner and let it drip and dry over an oil pan. Take note, however, that brake cleaner contains hazardous chemicals, so make sure to wear a mask and gloves and spray in a well-ventilated area to prevent inhalation.