How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Chrysler Sebringby Jule PamplinUpdated November 07, 2017
Items you will need
17mm socket (optional)
Proper performance of the Chrysler Sebring's braking system is reliant upon the proper function of all of the brake system components. Brake pads are the components that most often need replacement. The pads make contact with the rotors every time the brake pedal is depressed. This continual stress and friction wears away at the brake pads' surface. When the pads are worn to the point that they require replacement, the built-in wear indicators become exposed. The indicators scrape against the rotors and cause a "squealing" sound to alert the driver that the pads should be changed.
Jack the Sebring up with the lifting jack from the tire maintenance kit in the trunk of the vehicle. Place jack stands beneath the frame to support the vehicle during the pad replacement.
Remove the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Use a 17mm socket and power drill to make quick work of the lug removal.
Take the wheels from the wheel bolts and set them aside with the rims facing upward.
Remove the caliper by unscrewing the caliper bolts with the 5/8-inch wrench or socket and ratchet. The two bolts are located on the backside of the caliper.
Slide the brake pads from the caliper bridge. The bridge straddles the rotor and holds the brake pads in place. Use a flat screwdriver to pry the pads from the caliper bridge on either side of the Sebring's rotor.
Place the new pads onto the caliper bridge.
Squeeze the caliper piston into the side of the caliper with the Vise-Grip pliers. Return the caliper to the caliper bridge and replace the caliper slide bolts.
Replace the wheels and screw on the lug nuts.
Lower the Chrysler and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench or socket and drill.
Press the brake pedal repeatedly to return the caliper piston to its proper position against the new brake pads. Pull the hood release lever under the dashboard on the driver's side of the Sebring. Move to the engine compartment.
Remove the cap from the master cylinder and fill the container with DOT-3 brake fluid as needed. The master cylinder is located near the right rear corner of the engine.
Early Sebring models used disc brakes with pads on the front wheels only, with a drum-shoe setup on the rear wheels. Some later models came with disc brakes all the way around.
- "Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Stratus & Avenger 1995-2005 Auto Repair Manual"; Haynes; 2005
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Jule Pamplin has been a copywriter for more than seven years. As a financial sales consultant, Pamplin produced sales copy for two of the largest banks in the United States. He attended Carnegie-Mellon University, winning a meritorious scholarship for the Careers in Applied Science and Technology program, and later served in the 1st Tank Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps.