How to Install Brake Pads on a Pacificaby John Rose
The Chrysler Pacifica has disc brakes on all four wheels, and the procedure for installing the brake pads is the same on all wheels. It is not a difficult procedure -- taking about 30 minutes to complete. You can do the installation yourself to save on a mechanic's labor costs. When you change the brake pads, check the brake rotor first to be sure it has no damage on the surface and that there is no warping.
Open the engine compartment and check the brake fluid level in the master cylinder. If the level is at the minimum mark or below, you do not have to remove fluid. If it is higher than the minimum mark, remove enough of it with the turkey baster to bring it to the proper level. Place the fluid in the drain pan for recycling.
Place the wheel checks behind the rear tires. Raise the Chrysler with the jack. Place a jack stand under the car, near the jacking point, and raise it to the frame. Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel with the lug wrench and take it off the car. Place the C-clamp on the brake caliper, front to back. Tighten the C-clamp until the caliper piston seats itself within the housing.
Remove the guide pin bolts from the caliper with a socket and ratchet. Pull the caliper from the rotor and remove the old brake pads. Insert the new pads and place the caliper on the mounting bracket. Tighten the guide pin bolts with the socket and ratchet. Put the wheel on the Pacifica and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Remove the jack stand from under the vehicle. Lower the car to the ground. Repeat the process on the other wheel.
Check the brake fluid level in the master cylinder when you finish the brake job. Add to it as necessary to bring it to the proper level. Pump the brake pedal a few times until it feels firm.
- Wear safety glasses when working on your Chrysler Pacifica to prevent possible eye injuries.
Things You'll Need
- Turkey baster
- Drain pan
- Wheel chocks
- Automobile jack
- Jack stand
- Socket set
- Always replace all brakes on an axle and never on just one side.
John Rose has been writing professionally since 1981. Now contributing to various online publications, he specializes in auto repair, home maintenance and similar topics. Rose studied English at Frostburg State University.