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  • paul
    paul - 2001 Chrysler 300M - Brakes - 1/24/2011
    Brake rotors hot after changing pads
    I just changed pads on all 4 wheels and now when I drive it a couple miles and get up to cruising speed the rotors get hot to the touch. I don't smell any burning and everything looks ok. Is it normal for the rotors to feel hot or does this mean something is wrong?
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      hi Paul so far from what your question i see no need to worry you are fine rotors do get hot to the touch and as long as you aren't smelling anything from the brake area or see the rotors getting red then you are good to go
      J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      1/24/2011 paul
      great. thats what I was hoping to hear. I will drive it and keep and eye on it. Thanks Joe
      J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      your welcome PAUL
  • Shel
    Shel - 2005 Chrysler 300 - Brakes - 1/22/2011
    HOW TO CHANGE BRAKE PADS
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      Safety Tip:
      Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.



      1
      Park your vehicle on a solid level surface. Set the parking brake and chock the rear wheels.
      2
      Using a jack, lift up the front of your vehicle. Every vehicle comes from the factory with a jack. To locate and properly use this jack, see your owner's manual. The owner's manual will inform you where the recommended jacking location is located.
      3
      Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. The pinch welds and the frame are the two best locations. Do not rely on the jack to hold the vehicle up while working.
      4
      Remove the front wheels by removing the lugs nuts that are holding them on. To do this, you will need to find the correct size socket and large ratchet or tire iron and turn them counter clockwise. If your vehicle is equipped with hub caps (plastic covers over the wheels), these will need to be removed to access the lug nuts.
      5
      Locate the brake caliper. Remove the brake caliper mounting bolts or pins.
      6
      Swivel the caliper up and away from the brake rotor and working area. Make sure you do not kink or pinch any brake lines. Do not disconnect the brake line
      7
      Remove the brake pads, lift out any anti squeal shims that may be present.
      8
      Press the caliper piston back into the housing.
      9
      Install the new pads into the caliper in reverse of how they were removed. If you have shims you will need to spray anti-squeak lubricant on the back before installation.
      10
      Install the caliper back onto the brake rotor and torque the caliper bolts to the manufacture specification. Press the brake pedal to move the piston outward.
      11
      Repeat steps 5 through 10 for the other side.
      12
      Install the wheel and torque the lug nuts to the manufacturer's specification in a star pattern.
      13
      Remove jack stands and lower vehicle to the ground.
      14
      Check the brake fluid level in the master cylinder. Add fluid if necessary.
      15
      Verify that you have a solid brake pedal. Drive your vehicle at 15mph increments and apply the brakes 2 to 4 times to break in the new pads.
      16
      Road test vehicle, break in new pads.
  • Ken
    Ken - 2003 Chrysler Town & Country - Brakes - 1/21/2011
    How do I replace the rear brake pads
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      Safety Tip:
      Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.

      1
      Secure your vehicle on a level surface, making sure your car will not roll or lean too much when jacked up
      2
      Remove the cap from the brake master cylinder. Using a turkey baster, remove a quarter of the brake fluid from the master cylinder. Lift up the front of your vehicle using a floor jack.
      3
      Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. The pinch welds and the frame are the two best locations. Do not rely on the jack to hold the vehicle up while working...
      4
      Remove the front wheels by removing the lugs nuts that are holding them on. To do this you will need to find the correct size socket and large ratchet or tire iron and turn them counter clockwise. If your vehicle is equipped with hub caps (plastic covers over the wheels), these will need to be removed to access the lug nuts.
      5
      Inspect the brake rotors for scoring, grooves, cracks and discoloration.
      6
      With a screwdriver remove the anti-rattle spring on the front of the brake caliper then remove the caliper mounting bolts.
      7
      Slide the brake caliper off of the brake rotor.
      8
      Support the brake caliper up and away from the working area. Make sure you do not kink or pinch any brake lines. Do not disconnect the brake line.
      9
      Remove the brake pads from brake caliper.
      10
      Compress caliper piston using a C-clamp.
      11
      Install the new brake pads in the brake caliper.
      12
      Reinstall the brake caliper.
      13
      Tighten the caliper sliding bolts then install the anti-rattle spring on the front of the brake caliper. Repeat for other side.
      14
      Install wheels and torque to 100 ft. lbs. in a star pattern.
      15
      Refill the brake fluid in the brake master cylinder with new DOT 3 brake fluid and reinstall the cap.
      16
      Road test vehicle, break in new pads.
  • Robert
    Robert - 2000 Chrysler Cirrus - Brakes - 1/21/2011
    Why is the left rear brake doing so much more work than the right rear brake?
    I replaced discs, calipers and pads on the rear on 8/7/10. I drove to and from work on 8/9/10 and at every stop I smelled burning brakes. I did a visual inspection and discovered that the left rear disc had obvious signs of wear (and a bit of smoke coming out) and ...
     
  • mary
    mary - 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Brakes - 1/13/2011
    When pressing on the brake peddle, it feels spongy
    recently had wheel bearings replace on the front and the mechanic said brakes were good, but since then have never felt right.
     
    • CVO
      1/13/2011 CVO
      Air got in the brake lines.Need to bleed the brake fluids..
  • lee2
    lee2 - 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Brakes - 1/13/2011
    I REPLACED FRONT BRAKE PADS THEY ARE GRINDING LIKE THEY WERE WORN OUT
     
  • Bob M
    Bob M - 1997 Chrysler Cirrus - Brakes - 1/4/2011
    Can't get a solid brake pedal. System has been bleed.New wheel cyl and calibers and master cyl. Have power flushed syst
    system. Could problem be with proportion valve. What does it do? Cab brake system be diagnosed via computer scan
     
    • yboy82
      1/4/2011 yboy82
      Is your brake system equipped with ABS?
      yboy82
      1/4/2011 yboy82
      If your vehicle is equipped with ABS you need a DRB scan tool or its equivalent to bleed you ABS system
    • Bob M
      1/4/2011 Bob M
      yboy82- many thanks -will give it a try
    • yboy82
      1/4/2011 yboy82
      Bleeding procedure

      Locate first the diagnostic connector under the dash panel next to the left kick panel. And then connect the DRB scan tool to the connector. Install the correct cartridge for the Anti-Lock Brake systems. Check to make sure the CAB or ABS-ECU does not have any fault codes stored in it. If it does, remove them using the DRB scan tool.

      You should bleed the base brake system using the non-ABS manual or pressure bleeding method (but you said you already bleed your brake). Be sure to bleed the brake system in the correct sequence.
      Utilizing the scan tool, go to the "Bleed ABS" routine. Firmly apply the brake pedal to initiate the "Bleed ABS" cycle one time. Release the brake pedal. And then using the scan tool, go on to bleed the Anti-Lock Brake System according to the scan tool literature.

      Once bleeding with the scan tool is complete, repeat the conventional bleed procedure for the base brake system.
      Perform this procedure until the brake fluid flows clear and free of air bubbles. Check brake fluid level periodically to prevent the reservoir from running low on fluid. Top off the master cylinder reservoir to the proper level with DOT 3 type brake fluid only.

      You should take your vehicle for a road test to check for proper brake system operation.
    • yboy82
      1/4/2011 yboy82
      You're Welcome Bob M =)
  • E. Robison
    E. Robison - 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Brakes - 12/28/2010
    The "brake on" indicator comes on every time I start up even though the brake is NOT on then goes off after a few secs
    - is this anything to worry about? My engine light comes on and stays on (indicating a gas pressure leak) after ananalyzer diagnosis and reset too so I thought this new problem might just be another (apparently) computer "glitch."
     
    • yboy82
      12/28/2010 yboy82
      Try to check your brake fluid level sometimes your brake light will ON if your fluid level is insufficient. Also try to diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool again your check engine light might be indicating a new set of stored trouble code.
    • James Vaughn
      12/28/2010 James Vaughn
      the gas pressur leak sounds like a loose gas cap code that was stored even after the problem was corrected. your ecm will store this code for some time. the brake light staying on sounds like eihter a diagnostic test from your ecm or the first signs of an abs module that is going to fail.
  • jim massey
    jim massey - 2000 Chrysler Concorde - Brakes - 12/27/2010
    How hard is it too replace a power brake booster and replace it ,in detail
     
    • yboy82
      12/27/2010 yboy82
      Remove your battery ground cable and then remove the caps from both wiper arms at the attachment to the pivots. Remove the nut attaching each wiper arm to its pivot. Remove your wiper arms from the pivots. Remove your wiper module cover and cowl cover from the vehicle. Remove the 8 bolts, attaching the reinforcement to the strut towers and the 1 bolt attaching the wiper module to the reinforcement. And then remove the reinforcement from the vehicle.

      Detach the wire connector from the brake fluid level sensor on the right side of the master cylinder reservoir. Remove the 2 nuts attaching the master cylinder to the vacuum booster and then carefully slide master cylinder off vacuum booster with brake lines attached. Position it backwards, on top of left engine cylinder head cover.

      Detach the vacuum hose from power brake booster check valve. Do not remove check valve from power brake booster. And from under instrument panel, position a small screwdriver between the center tang on the power brake booster input rod to brake pedal pin retaining clip. Rotate screwdriver enough to allow retainer clip center tang to pass over end of brake pedal pin and pull retainer clip off pin. Discard retainer clip you should replace the retainer clip only with a new retainer clip.

      Remove 4 nuts that attach the power brake booster to the vehicle dash panel. And then remove the nuts are accessible from under the dash panel in the steering column and pedal bracket area. You should rotate the windshield wiper motor crank lever until the crank lever points in the 12 o'clock position. And then slide the power brake booster out of the dash panel and remove from vehicle.

      yboy82
      Fast Yboy lols.......
      yboy82
      12/27/2010 yboy82
      Not really cause having a flu during holidays sucks =p
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      It's not that hard having the tools and average knowledge you can do the task.
      To Remove:

      Remove or disconnect the following:
      Battery ground cable
      Caps from both wiper arms at the attachment to the pivots
      Nut attaching each wiper arm to its pivot
      Wiper arms from the pivots
      Wiper module cover and cowl cover from the vehicle
      8 bolts, attaching the reinforcement to the strut towers and the 1 bolt attaching the wiper module to the reinforcement
      Remove the reinforcement from the vehicle
      Wire connector from the brake fluid level sensor on the right side of the master cylinder reservoir
      2 nuts attaching the master cylinder to the vacuum booster Carefully slide master cylinder off vacuum booster with brake lines attached;
      Position it backwards, on top of left engine cylinder head cover Remove or disconnect the following:
      Vacuum hose from power brake booster check valve
      Do not remove check valve from power brake booster From under instrument panel, position a small screwdriver between the center tang on the power brake booster input rod to brake pedal pin retaining clip. Rotate screwdriver enough to allow retainer clip center tang to pass over end of brake pedal pin and pull retainer clip off pin.
      Discard retainer clip it is not to be reused
      Replace the retainer clip only with a new retainer clip
      Remove 4 nuts that attach the power brake booster to the vehicle dash panel.
      The nuts are accessible from under the dash panel in the steering column and pedal bracket area.
      Rotate the windshield wiper motor crank lever until the crank lever points in the 12 o'clock position.
      Slide the power brake booster out of the dash panel and remove from vehicle.

      To Install:

      Position power brake vacuum booster on the dash panel.
      Install or connect the following:
      4 power brake booster to dash panel mounting nuts
      Torque to: 250 in.lbs. (28 Nm)
      Booster input rod to brake pedal pin
      A new retainer clip
      Carefully position master cylinder on booster
      Position wire harness routing bracket onto right master cylinder mounting stud
      The 2 master cylinder to booster mounting nuts
      Torque to: 250 in.lbs. (28 Nm)
      Brake fluid level sensor connector
      Vacuum hoses onto the booster vacuum check valve Check brake lamp switch operation. Install or connect the following:
      Wiper module reinforcement on the vehicle
      The 8 bolts, attaching the reinforcement to the strut towers
      The bolt attaching the wiper module to the reinforcement
      Covers over the wiper module and the cowl
      The attaching screws
      Securely tighten
      Battery ground cable. Turn windshield wipers ON, then OFF, in order to park wipers in the proper position before installing wiper arms. Install or connect the following:
      The wiper arms on the pivots.
      The wiper arm to pivot attaching nuts
      Securely tighten
      The caps on the wiper arms covering the pivot nuts
      Verify proper operation of the power brake booster and brake system.

      Good Luck and Happy New Year
    • yboy82
      12/27/2010 yboy82
      You should position power brake vacuum booster on the dash panel. Install the 4 power brake booster to dash panel mounting nuts and tighten it to proper torque specification around 250 in.lbs. (28 Nm). Install the booster input rod to brake pedal pin and then the new retainer clip. Carefully position master cylinder on booster. You should position wire harness routing bracket onto right master cylinder mounting stud. Install the 2 master cylinder to booster mounting nuts and tighten it to proper torque specification around 250 in.lbs. (28 Nm). Attach the brake fluid level sensor connector and the vacuum hoses onto the booster vacuum check valve Check brake lamp switch operation.

      You should install the wiper module reinforcement on the vehicle and the 8 bolts, attaching the reinforcement to the strut towers. Install the bolt attaching the wiper module to the reinforcement. Install the covers over the wiper module and the cowl. Install the attaching screws tighten it securely. Reconnect your battery ground cable.

      Turn windshield wipers ON, then OFF, in order to park wipers in the proper position before installing wiper arms. Install the wiper arms on the pivots. And the wiper arm to pivot attaching nuts tighten. Install the caps on the wiper arms covering the pivot nuts. And then verify proper operation of the power brake booster and brake system
  • Jerry Hagan
    Jerry Hagan - 2005 Chrysler Town & Country - Brakes - 12/17/2010
    The rear brakes are like none I have ever seen. How do you replace them? They are disk brakes.
     
  • jfcat
    jfcat - 2002 Chrysler 300M - Brakes - 11/30/2010
    What is wrong when you apply brake , but not all the time get a thump in the brake pedel and stearing wheel
    98,000 mi, this happens on and off,not consistant,I think it may have someting to do with the ABS System or the Traction feature
     
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      There are worn steering components like the steering mounting bolts are loose. Suspension system is loose or worn (like shock and strut assembly). Disc brake caliper is not mounted properly or some of the brake hardware is damaged or missing; repair or replace pads or mounting hardware as required.
      Nissan Technical Advisor
      11/30/2010 jfcat
      I've replaced struts assenbly,new brake pads,had calipers checked....thumping still their,it sounds like metal to metal
    • jfcat
      11/30/2010 jfcat
      i replaced all struts,brake pads & had clipers checked. thumping still comes and sounds like metal to metal contact..
  • rock
    rock - 1999 Chrysler Town & Country - Brakes - 11/26/2010
    Brake pedal goes to the floor
     
    • CVO
      11/26/2010 CVO
      Check the brake fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir, the front brake calipers and the rear brake drum cylinders for leaks. Hope this helps and be safe.
  • K C
    K C - 2003 Chrysler Concorde - Brakes - 11/22/2010
    After stopping & parking the brake lights continue to stay on..
     
    • fivealive0005
      11/22/2010 fivealive0005
      try the brake light switch, simple part and only about 5.00-10.00 dollars from parts stores
  • Terri
    Terri - 2003 Chrysler Town & Country - Brakes - 11/21/2010
    What does it mean when my brake pedal has absolutely no movement?
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/21/2010 HouseCallAuto
      I would have to say that there is a problem with the power brake booster or the vacuum going to it.
  • Mitchell Salhaney
    Mitchell Salhaney - 2000 Chrysler LHS - Brakes - 11/17/2010
    Why is the car make a squealing sound from the front end. Heard at 12 mph and suppressed by light braking .
    Wife can hear sound at higher speeds. 29,000 miles. New pads and rotors worked on at 25000 and rotors worked on at 29,000. Brake shop can't find anything wrong.
     
    • TechSam
      11/17/2010 TechSam
      Some times brake pads are cheap quality OR they might have some meterial in them which makes that sound, should not have that problem presest as the pads ware down.
 
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