How to Change the Rear Brake Pads on a Dodge Durango

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Brake pads are an important part of your Dodge Durango's braking system. They are the replaceable friction pads that pinch the brake disc or drum when the brakes are applied. You should replace the brake pads before they wear beyond a 1/4 inch, or risk damaging your Durango's brake discs.

Things You'll Need

  • Car jack
  • New brake pads
  • Brake grease
  • Brake fluid

Remove the Rear Brake Pads

  • Park your car on a level surface. Set the parking brake. Place blocks in front of the front tires so the car does not move while you are working on it.

  • Raise the rear end of your car with your car jack. Remove the rear tire or wheel assembly.

  • Slide the caliper off of the disc brake and suspend it near the disc brake with a small bungee cord or coat hanger. Suspend the caliper housing so that you do not damage the brake hose.

  • Remove the inboard and outboard brake pads from the caliper. Also remove the top and bottom anti-rattle springs. Keep track of the springs because they are not interchangeable.

Install Rear Brake Pads

  • Use a C-clamp to bottom, or align, the piston with the caliper bore. Put a piece of wood or an old brake pad between the clamp and the piston. Remove the clamp and wood or brake pad.

  • Clean the caliper and the anti-rattle pins. Use brake grease to lubricate the springs.

  • Install the top and bottom anti-rattle springs. Remember that the springs are not interchangeable.

  • Place the inboard and outboard pad in the caliper. Replace the caliper on the adapter on the rotor.

  • Replace the wheel assembly (tire). Lower the car to the ground. Pump the brakes a few times to seat the brakes. Do this before trying to move your car.

  • Check the brake fluid level in the master cylinder container. Add fluid to the container as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Brake fluid is an eye irritant and is hazardous if swallowed. Keep it away from your eyes. Always wash your hands thoroughly after you have been handling brake fluid. If brake fluid comes in contact with your eyes, promptly flush your eyes with clean, running water for at least 15 minutes. If your eyes are still irritated after you rinse them or if you ingest any brake fluid, get medical assistance immediately.
  • The dust and dirt on the brake parts may contain asbestos fibers. Breathing in large amounts of asbestos fibers is hazardous to your health. Be extra careful when you are working with used brake parts. Do not use anything that cases friction or use compressed air when cleaning brake parts to avoid spreading dust and fibers. To clean brake parts, dampen them with water and wipe them with a clean, damp cloth. Throw away any cleaning cloths and debris in a sealed, impermeable container. Always follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) procedures when you are handling or throwing away anything that may contain asbestos fibers.

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