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I need to replace the brake rotors and pads on the front of my 2008 Dodge Magnum SE. Is there anything special I need to know. Haven't replaced brakes on this new of a car before. Thank You

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You'll need the Allen or Torz wrench that fits the locking bolts on the caliper so you can remove the calipers and you will need a caliper compressor to compress the caliper cylinders to install the new brake pads once you replace the rotors. I would have the Rotors checked to verify they need to be replaced before replacing them. It is possible you can save money by simply having them turned instead. $25 for each rotor is better than the normal $150 to $250 to get new ones.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010

  • rogerproe Sep 30, 2010

    Thank You for your help. I don't have a caliper compressor, is there soemthing else I could use to compress the calipers?

    Also, when I compress the calipers, do I need to open up the bleeder valve?

    Thank You for your help.

  • James Young Sep 30, 2010

    In most cases you can compress the calipers by hand using a large screw driver to pry the cylinder down however a compressor usually only runs about 3 to 4 dollars. These are basically a reverse clamp. A large clamp will sometimes work as well. You don't normally have to release the bleed valve but occasionally you do it will depend on your situation. If you are going to try to compress them with out a caliper compressor or large C clamp put the old pads in place and pry against them instead of directly against the cylinder. That will prevent you from accidentally damaging a caliper seal. Some Auto Zone stores actually have caliper compressors they will lend you to do the job but you would have to check with them for that particular item. They also carry the cheaper compressors you can purchase to do the job when you get the new pads. They really aren't that expensive and will save you a ton of time. Good Luck.

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