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Chrysler Town & Country Rear Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the rear disc brake pads on a revised fifth generation 2011 to 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

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2012 T&C Rear Wheel
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Slightly Loosen 5 Lug Nuts
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Raise Rear of Vehicle

This automotive tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the revised 5th generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Chrysler Town & Country in changing the rear disc brake pads.

Owners of related Chrysler Group minivan vehicles such as the Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Grand Voyager, Lancia Grand Voyager, Ram C/V Tradesman Cargo Van and the Volkswagen Routan may also find these DIY rear brake job instructions to be helpful.

The items required to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a lug nut wrench, a 13mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, pliers or a thin cone spanner wrench (to hold the caliper slider pin), a Lisle # 28600 disc brake piston tool or a pair of needle nose pliers, and a packet of brake caliper grease.

A few compatible replacement sets of new rear brake pads with their part numbers are as follows: ACDelco 17D1326CH, Wagner QC1326 or ZD1326, Power Stop 16-1326, EBC DP61840, Bopsch BP1326 and Wearever PNAD1596.


Please verify the correct replacement parts for your Town & Country by using the Amazon Part Finder website.

The correct brake pads may vary depending on the model year, trim level and whether your T&C has the HD (heavy duty) or LD (light duty) braking package.

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Spin Off 5 Lug Nuts
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Remove Rear Wheel
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Rear Brake Caliper
The first two steps are to park the vehicle on a level surface and then chock the front wheels to prevent it from moving.

Make sure that the emergency / parking brake is released.

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts on the rear wheel by turning them counter clockwise with the tire iron.

Raise the rear of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with two jack stands. I prefer to work on one side of the minivan at a time for extra safety.

Spin off the lug nuts and set them aside in a safe place.

Pull off the rear wheel to reveal the brake caliper, bracket, rotor and suspension.

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Loosen Upper Caliper Bolt
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Remove 13mm Bolt
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Loosen Lower Caliper Bolt
The rear brake caliper is held in place to the bracket by two bolts on the back side of the caliper.

Loosen the upper and lower caliper bolts by turning them clockwise (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 13mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

If the caliper slider pins turn while you are trying to loosen the caliper bolts, hold them in place with a pair of pliers or a thin cone spanner wrench.

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Remove Lower Bolt
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Two 13mm Caliper Bolts
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Lift Off Brake Caliper
Remove the two caliper bolts and set them aside in a safe place.

Lift the brake caliper out of the bracket and carefully rest it on the suspension or suspend it from the spring with a bungee cord or a piece of rope.

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Rest Caliper On Suspension
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Remove Old Outer Pad
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Wear Bar - Bottom Inner Pad
Pull the old brake pads out of the bracket and make a mental note of how the wear indicator or "squeal" bar is situated.

On this 2012 Town & Country, the wear bar was located at the bottom of the inner brake pad.

I'd recommend going with the Wagner ThermoQuiet brake pads. I really like how they don't require any backing plates, shims or disc brake quiet gel due to the built in insulators.

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Replace Pad Abutment Clips
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Remove Caliper Slider Pins
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Lubricate Pins & Replace
If your new set of rear pads included new brake hardware, pull out the old metal pad abutment or "anti-rattle" clips from the top and bottom of the bracket before installing the new ones.

In order for the brake caliper to work smoothly, the two caliper slider pins need to be well lubricated.

Gently pull the two pins out of their rubber dust boots, apply a thin layer of brake parts grease to each one, and then re-insert them in to the rubber dust boots.



 

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Caliper Piston Tool
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Side With 2 Small Pegs
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Twist Off Brake Fluid Cap
In order for the brake caliper to fit over the thicker new pads, the "screw in" type rear caliper piston will need to be turned backwards.

First move to the right rear area of the engine bay (closest to the driver's seat) and twist off the brake fluid reservoir cap in the counter clockwise direction. Removing the cap will allow the brake fluid to more easily travel backwards through the lines when you turn back the piston.

Test fit the different sides of the disc brake piston tool, such as the Lisle # 28600, to see which side matches the piston.

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Turn Back Screw In Piston
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Install New Outer Pad
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Wear Bar - Bottom Inner Pad
Attach the piston tool to a small extension bar and a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

Slowly turn back the piston in the clockwise direction until it is flush with the rubber dust boot.

Repeatedly check the level in the brake fluid reservoir while you are turning back the piston to make sure that it does not over flow. Clean up any spilled brake fluid immediately since it can easily damage painted surfaces.

Thoroughly clean off the brake rotor, caliper bracket, brake caliper and the lug nut studs with some brake parts cleaner spray. Do not use compressed air or blow air with your mouth to clean off the brake hardware since inhaling brake dust can be harmful to your health. Brake dust may be carcinogenic (cancer causing) if inhaled.

Spread a thin layer of brake parts grease to any surface where there is metal to metal contact such as the outer face of the caliper piston. Do not apply lubricant to the friction surface of the new pads.

If your vehicle previously exhibited shuddering, pulsating, or vibrations while braking, you may need to have the rotors "turned" (resurfaced) or it may be easier and less expensive to just replace them with new rotors. If this is the first rear brake job on your Town & Country and the rotors appear to be in excellent condition, you should be able to just replace the pads with great results.

To remove the existing rotors and install new ones, remove the two bolts on the rear of the caliper bracket that attach it to the steering knuckle. Then loosen the old rotor with a rubber mallet, pull it off, and slide the new one in its place. Be sure to properly tighten the two bracket bolts with a torque wrench.

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Push Pads Against Rotor
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Lower Caliper In Bracket
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Spin In Upper Caliper Bolt
Install the new brake pads in to the bracket with the wear bar situated at the bottom of the inner pad.

Push the two pads flush against the rotor.

Lower the caliper in to the bracket and over the new pads. Line up the bolt holes in the caliper with the corresponding holes in the slider pins.

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Replace Lower Caliper Bolt
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Tighten Upper 13mm Bolt
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Tighten Lower Bolt
Spin in the two caliper bolts by hand a few turns to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the caliper bolts by turning them counter clockwise (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 13mm socket and ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 26 ft lbs of torque.

Double check that both the upper and lower caliper bolts are tight before moving on to the next steps.

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Rubber Valve Cap
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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
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Replace Rear Wheel

If your brake pedal has been feeling soft or "spongy", the brake fluid may be contaminated with water or the brake lines may contain air bubbles.

It would be best to bleed the brake lines at this time in order to flush out the old fluid and replace it with fresh DOT3 brake fluid. For more on this topic, check out my Brake Line Fluid Bleeding With An Assistant DIY Guide or alternatively the Brake Line Fluid Bleeding With A Power Bleeder Guide.

The brake fluid bleeder valve is located underneath a rubber cap on the back side of the caliper just below the upper caliper bolt.

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Spin On 5 Lug Nuts
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Lower Rear of Vehicle
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Torque Lug Nuts - 102 Ft Lbs
Replace the rear wheel and spin on the lug nuts by hand to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Slightly tighten the lug nuts in a criss cross or star pattern with the lug nut wrench.

Lower the vehicle from the jack stands using the floor jack until the rear wheel holds enough weight to keep it from spinning.

Continue progressively tightening the lug nuts in a star pattern to about 1/8 to 1/4 turn past hand tight or about 102 ft lbs of torque. It would be best to use a torque wrench or an impact wrench with a 100 ft lbs torque stick to properly tighten the lug nuts.

Sit in the driver's seat and firmly pump the brake pedal a few times to restore the brake line pressure.

Check the brake fluid reservoir in the engine bay and verify that the level is correct. If it is low, add some new DOT 3 fluid.

Take the car for a short and cautious test drive with the windows down so you can hear any strange noises when you press the brake pedal that may indicate a problem.

To break in your new pads, just drive normally for the first few hundred miles while trying to avoid any hard or "panic" stops which may glaze over the new pads and cause them to be noisy and not perform as well.

It's also a good idea to regularly check your driveway for drops of brake fluid which may indicate a leak, check the brake fluid level in the reservoir, and also check that the lug nuts are still tight.

For more, check out my other Chrysler Town & Country Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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