How to Replace the Rear Brake Pads in My Dodge Avenger

by Allen MooreUpdated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • 2 wheel chocks

  • Lug wrench

  • Floor jack

  • 2 jack stands

  • Drip pan

  • Brake cleaner

  • Socket set

  • Caliper tool

  • Torque wrench

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 stabilization 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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