I have a 1995 Dodge Stratus which I am experiencing trouble with. The brake pads on the right rear wheel have now twice in a short time worn down to bare metal. Has any body else experienced this problem? If so what was the solution to fixing it?
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The problem with the rear brake is most likely with the caliper assembly. The one that is wearing out too fast is probably dragging too much (not releasing properly). I would recommend replacement of that caliper assembly. As far as the "grinding" goes, if you are referring to a noise that occurs when you push the steering wheel into the stops and hold it there, then yes, any kind of squeal or grind in that condition is normal. If is does it when actually driving and just turning right or left more that a few degrees, then there may be issues in the power steering pump or rack assembly.
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Clip, 2 caliper pins, the anti-rattle spring then remove the 2 brake pads and the 4 anti-squeal shims
CAUTION Only replace brake pads on 1 side of the vehicle at a time. Failure to use this procedure could cause the caliper pistons on the opposite side of the vehicle to pop out requiring the reconditioning or replacement of the brake caliper.
Remove a small amount of brake fluid from the master cylinder.
Install a used brake pad into the caliper and compress the caliper pistons.
Apply disc brake grease to both sides of the inner anti-squeal shims.
Install or connect the following:
Anti-squeal shims to the new brake pads NOTE: When replacing worn pads, the anti-squeal shims must be replaced together with the pads.
2 brake pads
Anti-rattle spring and the 2 caliper pins
Depress the brake pedal several times to seat the brake pads.
Check the brake fluid level and top off as needed.
Dodge, Plymouth, and Chrysler minivans are notorious for poor longevity of the front brake pads. Also, the low friction material "squeel" tabs are none to brake off or just not do the job they are meant to do. That is why people end up haveing to replace their rotors. I am an ASE certified mechanic with just under 15 years of experience. I tell all my customers with Chrysler minivan products to have their brakes at least once a year to avoid costly repair bills. If you can catch your brake pads before they start grinding into the rotors that's an expense everyone can afford to not have.
What you are seeing is perfectly normal and occurs on any automobile because the front brakes wear faster than the rear. Notice that when you step on the brake, the weight of the car shifts forward, putting extra stress on the front breaks. Next time in a parking lot, notice the same dirty front wheels of other cars.
insert clips into caliper bridge, where the pads ride on it.be sure to clean it good and lube your slides with brake silicone.If slides freeze up on you it, it will prematurelly wear your new brake pads.