Tip & How-To about 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Club Cab

Replacing Calipers

When replacing the calipers make sure the bleeder valve is on the topside, not
bottom side.
They are not marked on the caliper, nor on the box they come in. Reversing
them will cause a problem with bleeding. Effect is: brake pedal goes almost
to the floorboard before any brake is applied. Spongy pedal also. Seems that
it's almost impossible to get the air out of the brake lines with the bleeder valve
on the bottom side.

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I have to replace my driver side rear brake caliper assembly but I am not too sure how to properly bleed the brake system to complete this successfully. Can some provide some assistance. My vehicle is a 2005 Nissan Murano SL AWD V6


first off make sure that the caliper you received is the correct one then remove the caliper bracket with the caliper then remove the bolt which holds the flex hose resecure it back on the new the same way you took it off, then put the brake caliper back on and once everything is back together then open the bleeder screw and allow the fluid to gravity bleed through the caliper, you will have to open the master cylinder resevoir cap so that the fluid can flow through the line and into the caliper, alow this to happen for a couple of minutes then close the bleeder valve and have someone get into the car and press down on the brake pedal while you open the bleeder valve again to get a steady amount of fluid to travel through the caliper. do this a couple of times to make sure there is no more air in the system only then could you put the tire back on the murano

Feb 20, 2011 | 2005 Nissan Murano

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I replaced caliper on 2008 dodge durango and bled calipar no more air was coming out of bleeder but i still cant get a firm brake pedal please help


was the bleeder screw at the top of the caliper cause if they gave ya one for the wrong side and the bleeders at the bottom of the caliper you ll never get the air out of it

Nov 27, 2010 | 2008 Dodge Durango

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no fluid to the front calipers


Hi Friend:

#1) Check to see if the Master Cylinder Rubber on the Cap is Not Calapesed.And fits Even in the Metel Cap.

#2) Fill master up to MAX Level, Bleed Brakes Start with the Passenger Rear,Then Drivers Rear,During the Bleeding Make Sure to Keep Master Cylinder Full off & On.Bleed each Cyling until you get good Clean Fluid from the Blleeder Valves. USE DOT-3 Fluid.And Make Sure theres no Air Left in The System on Each Cylinder

#3) After the Rears are done Next Go to Passengers Front Caliper ,Bleed The Same Way here.Of course you'll need 1-Person Pumping Pedal during Whole Process.

#4) If you Are Still NOT getting Fluid out Of your Bleeder Valves in Front.

#5) Making Sure your Masters Cylinder is Full.You'll see bleeder Valves On MASTER CYLINDER. Loosen bleeder valve while someone is Pushing Pedal to the Floor.The Tighten before The Pedal is Let off.Keep it to The Floor Each time you Open Bleeder Valve.

#6) Do both Sides.If you still are Not getting Fluid from the Front Brake Bleeder Valves. Then Your MASTER CYLINDER is BAD Or your FRONT Brake Pads are Worn Down so Far your Caliper Piston is Bottomed Out.

#7) If this is the case Replace Pads 1st ,If not Fluid Still .

#8) Replace the Master Cylinder.

#9) After Replacing Pads or and Both,Flush out your Fluid from the Complete System until you get Clean Fluid from All your Blleeder Valves. With No Air In The System As Well.

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Jul 29, 2010 | 1993 Chevrolet Beretta

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I got the old pads off but cannot get the caliper back on. The rod will not go back into the rubber boot.


You will need a larger sized C clamp to slowly push the caliper back into its boot. Make sure your brake fluid reservoir kid is OFF,..allowing for the fluid to go back into the reservoir. Once you have placed the C clamp around the caliper, take an old brake pad and place it across the round piston...place part of the clamp over this pad and tighten the clamp..Do not place the clamp directly on the piston, you may damage it or compress it in crooked. so place a used pad across it. Push the piston back in untill its almost flush with the boot, making sure no dirt is on the silver exposed piston..u dont want dirt to go back inside the boot. Once its in, refit the caliper to its mount with the new pads.

Sep 12, 2009 | 1999 Ford Expedition

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how to change brake pads


Raise the truck and remove the tires. Remove the 2 bolts that hold the brake caliper and remove the caliper. Use a large "C" clamp to push the piston back into the caliper. Make sure you open the bleeder valve when you do this. After the piston is back all the way, make sure you close the bleeder valve. Install your new brake pads and calipers back in place. After doing both sides, get in and step on the pedal a few times slowly until you feel the brakes seat in.

Jun 20, 2008 | 1995 Toyota Pickup

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