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Jeep Liberty Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to replace the front brake pads on a 2nd generation 2008-2012 Jeep Liberty with picture illustrated instructions.

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Jeep Liberty Front Wheel
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Loosen 5 Lug Nuts
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Raise Front of Vehicle

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation 2008 to 2012 Jeep Liberty SUV in replacing the front disc brake pads.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge or Chrysler vehicles such as the Cherokee, Compass, Patriot, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Grand Caravan, Nitro, Dart, Avenger, Challenger, Durango, Journey, Charger, Town & Country, 300, and 200 may also find these front brake job DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, jack stands, a tire iron, a 13mm socket, a ratcheting wrench, a "C" clamp, a set of new front brake pads and a 17mm spanner wrench or pliers.

A few compatible aftermarket front brake pads include the following with their part numbers: ACDelco 17D1273CH, Akebono ACT1273, Raybestos PGD1273C, Wagner QC1273, Bendix MKD1273, and Centric 105.1273.

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Spin Off Lug Nuts
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Five Lug Nuts Removed
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Front Brake Caliper, Rotor
The first two steps are to chock the rear wheels and engage the emergency / parking brake to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Slightly loosen the 5 lug nuts with the tire iron.

Raise the front of the vehicle with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

Spin off the five lug nuts and remove the front wheel to uncover the front brake rotor, caliper, and bracket.

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Two 13mm Caliper Bolts
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Loosen Upper 13mm Bolt
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Hold Caliper Pin With 17mm
Locate the two 13mm caliper bolts on the rear of the brake caliper.

Loosen the two caliper bolts with a 13mm socket attached to a ratcheting wrench by turning them clockwise (as seen from the outside of the vehicle).

If the caliper slider pin begins to spin as you try to remove the caliper bolts, attach a 17mm spanner wrench or use a pair of pliers to hold it in place.

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Remove Upper Caliper Bolt
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Remove Lower Caliper Bolt
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Lift Off Front Brake Caliper
Remove the two caliper bolts and set them aside in a safe place.

Carefully lift the front brake caliper out of the bracket and rest it on the suspension.

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Rest Caliper On Suspension
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Pull Out Old Brake Pads
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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
Pull the old brake pads out of the caliper bracket and make a mental note of how the wear or "squeal" bar is situated.

The wear bar on this 2012 Jeep Liberty was located at the top of the inner brake pad.

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

If your vehicle exhibits shuddering, pulsating, or vibrations during braking, you may need to have your rotors "turned" (resurfaced) or just replace them with brand new rotors. If this is the car's first front brake job and the rotors appear to be in excellent condition, you should be able to just replace the pads with great results.



 

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Replace Anti-Rattle Clips
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Check Lower Caliper Pin
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Lubricate Upper Caliper Pin
If your new front brake pads came with new metal anti-rattle clips, remove the old ones and install the new ones on the caliper bracket.

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

Pull the upper and lower caliper slider pins out of their rubber dust boots to inspect them. If they appear to be dry, apply a generous amount of "caliper pin grease". Re-insert the caliper pins back into their dust boots until they snap into place.

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Replace Caliper Pin
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Attach "C" Clamp
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Twist Off Brake Fluid Cap
In order for the brake caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, the caliper piston will need to be compressed backwards using a "C" clamp.

Attach the "C" clamp to the caliper piston using the back of an old brake pad to evenly distribute the force across the piston.

Before you begin compressing the piston, move to the engine bay and twist off the brake fluid reservoir cap. Removing the cap will allow the brake fluid to easily travel backwards through the brake lines.

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Compress Caliper Piston
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Replace Brake Fluid Cap
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Install New Brake Pads
Slowly compress the brake caliper piston until it is flush with its rubber dust boot while repeatedly checking the brake fluid level in the reservoir to ensure that it does not overflow.

Replace the brake fluid reservoir cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

Brake fluid can easily damage painted surfaces, so clean away any spilled brake fluid as soon as possible.

Install the new front brake pads with the wear bar situated at the top of the inner pad.

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Press Pads Flush On Rotor
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Lower Caliper Over Pads
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Insert Upper Caliper Bolt
Press the new brake pads flush against the rotor and gently lower the caliper down into the caliper bracket.

If the caliper won't fit over the thicker new brake pads, you may need to compress the caliper piston back a bit further.

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Insert Lower Caliper Bolt
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Tighten Upper Caliper Bolt
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Tighten Lower Caliper Bolt
Insert the two caliper bolts and thread them a few turns by hand to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the caliper bolts with the 13mm socket and ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 25 ft lbs of torque.

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

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Bleeder Valve Rubber Cap
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Brake Line Bleeder Valve
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Replace Front Wheel
If your brake pedal previously felt soft or spongy, the brake fluid may be contaminated with water or the brake lines may contain some 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.

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Spin On 5 Lug Nuts
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Lower Vehicle From Stands
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Tighten Lug Nuts
Replace the front wheel and spin on the 5 lug nuts by hand to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Lower the vehicle from the jack stands and floor jack.

Progressively tighten the lug nuts in a "criss-cross" or star pattern to about 1/4 to 1/2 turn past hand tight. It would be best to use a torque wrench or an air gun with a torque stick to tighten the lug nuts to about 75-100 ft lbs of torque.

Sit in the driver's seat of the vehicle and pump the brake pedal a few times to restore brake line pressure. Check the brake fluid level in the reservoir and verify that it is at the proper level.

To break in your new front brake 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 brake 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 Jeep Liberty Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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