A vehicle has many components that can be considered as a wear and tear component. Worn out brake pads will not be covered by warranty repairs by the dealerships as it is but normal for the pads to diminish in thickness as you use the vehicle, even if it is still under the bumper to bumper warranty. Replacing brake pads are considered as maintenance items and you as the owner should be responsible in having the pads checked and if needed replaced on or before the required mileage. The Chrysler Sebring is no exception to the rule. Here is a guide on how to replace those brakes on the Chrysler Sebring.
- Master Cylinder. Drain the brake fluid of the vehicle’s master cylinder container cup with the use of a siphon tube. When siphoning the brake fluid, make sure that you will leave the cylinder tank half empty. The master cylinder’s location is under the hood near the front of the driver. Siphon the cup that is above the cylinder.
- Removing the wheels. Loosen the nuts first before raising the vehicle’s front end. With the front raised, loosen the nuts and remove your wheels. Insert the nuts back to the tire studs and slightly tighten them to hold the disc brake in place.
- Callipers. Remove the point pins of the callipers with the ratchet and disengage it from the mount bracket. With a tie wire or a zip tie, secure the disc brake and hang it somewhere so that you can free up some working space in the area. Keep in mind though that you should not use the brake hose to hang the callipers as this might damage the hose.
- Installing brake pads. Now that the callipers are out of your way, grip the brake pads and remove it from the mount bracket as well as the shims of the pads. Spray a generous amount of brake cleaner and gently scour the shims. Use a good quality grease to lubricate the back plates before installing the replacement brake pads and the shims.
- Finishing off. Constrict the pin of the calliper back to its slot with the use of the C-clamp. Place your calliper back to your mount bracket then tighten your guide pins. At this point, the brake system will push back any retained brake fluid from the hose back to your master cylinder. This is the reason why a siphon of the brake fluid was performed.
- Driving off. Now that the brake pads have been replaced, the work is nearly finished; you just need to put the wheels back to the vehicle. Remember to tighten the nuts of the wheels using the cross pattern to hold the wheels stable. Add some brake fluid to the cylinder tank, if the siphoned brake fluid is still available and is clean, you may use that to fill the cylinder tank. Before driving off, press the brake pedals several times to seat in the new pads. When you feel the pedals are counteracting with the right pressure then you’re all set.
Replacing the brake pads is considers as a regular maintenance item and one that you should never neglect. Anything that is connected to the brake system of the vehicle is a safety matter and by keeping the brake system is in perfect condition, you are assured that you and your family will be able to stop at your destination safely.