How to Replace a Caliper in a Dodge Durango

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A truck like the Dodge Durango is often driven hard, and that takes a toll on the brakes. Eventually, parts like the calipers will need to be replaced. If you're a truck driver looking to replace your Durango's calipers yourself, study up on the procedure and consult with your mechanic before doing so.

Things You'll Need

  • Allen wrench
  • Tire iron
  • Jack
  • Caliper for Durango
  • Copper washers
  • Small rubber piece

Removal

  • Raise and support the truck. Place a prop rod on the brake pedal to keep pressure on the system. Remove the tire and wheel from the vehicle.

  • Disconnect the banjo bolt that supports the brake hose to the caliper. Toss away the copper washers. Plug the brake line with a piece of rubber.

  • Remove the slide pin bolts. You can then remove the disc brake caliper from the adapter.

Installation

  • Install the new disc brake caliper on the caliper adapter.

  • Connect the banjo bolt onto the caliper, using new copper washers. Make sure the brake hose isn't twisted or kinked. Tighten the bolt to 21 foot pounds.

  • Attach the caliper slide pin bolts. Tighten them to 24 foot pounds.

  • Remove the prop rod from the pedal. Bleed the brake system of any loose air by opening the bleeder valve and manually holding down on the pedal.

  • Install the tire and wheel assembly then lower the vehicle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cut off the truck's power first by disconnecting the negative battery cable. It's also a good idea to temporarily lower the brake fluid level, to about midway between the minimum and maximum level.
  • Test the brakes after the installation. Pump the brakes multiple times to ensure they are firm. Then test drive the vehicle.
  • Use extreme caution when cleaning brake parts. Run a fine mist of water over them, wipe them with a damp rag, then discard the rag in an airtight container. The dust accumulated on the brakes may contain asbestos.

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