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Jeep Patriot Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on a 1st generation 2007 to 2016 Jeep Patriot SUV with the part numbers.

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2016 Patriot Front Wheel
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Slightly Loosen 5 Lug Nuts
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Raise Front of SUV

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Jeep Patriot SUV in changing the front disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and RAM vehicles such as the Compass, Renegade, Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, 500, Town & Country, 200, 300, Pacifica, Challenger, Charger, Dart, Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan, RAM 1500, C/V Tradesman and ProMaster Van may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a floor jack, two jack stands, a lug nut wrench, a 14mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench, an automotive funnel and a tube of synthetic high temperature brake caliper lubricant grease.

A few compatible sets of new front brake pads with their part numbers are as follows: ACDelco 17D1285CH, Akebono ACT866, Monroe CX866, Dura International BP866, Wagner ThermoQuiet QC866, Centric 105.0866, KFE KFE866-104, TRW TPC0866, StopTech 309.08660, Bosch BP866 and Bendix D866 CQ.

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Spin Off 5 Lug Nuts
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5 Lug Nuts Removed
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Pull Off Plastic Hub Cap
The first few steps are to park the SUV on a level surface, turn off the engine and engage the emergency / parking brake.

Chock both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise with the tire iron.

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

Spin off the 5 lug nuts and set them aside in a safe place.

Remove the plastic hub cap from the center of the front wheel.

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Rotor, Bracket & Caliper
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Front Brake Caliper
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Loosen Top Caliper Bolt
Remove the front wheel to reveal the rotor, bracket, caliper and suspension.

Loosen the upper caliper bolt by turning it clockwise (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) with the 14mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench.

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Loosen Bottom Caliper Bolt
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Remove Bolt / Slider Pin
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Top Bolt / Slider Pin
Then loosen the lower 14mm caliper bolt by turning it clockwise (as seen from the outside of the SUV).

Spin out the two caliper bolts until they can be removed from the caliper.

The caliper bolts also act as the caliper slider pins or "guide bolts".

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Two Caliper Bolts / Pins
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Lift Caliper Off Pads
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Brake Caliper Removed
Set the two combination caliper bolts and slider pins aside in a safe place.

Pull the caliper off the old pads and out of the bracket.

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Rest Caliper On Suspension
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Remove Old Outer Pad
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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
Carefully rest the caliper on the suspension or securely suspend it from the spring with a bungee cord.

Remove the old inner and outer brake pads out of the bracket.

Make a mental note of where the wear indicator bar or "squeal" bar is located on the old brake pads.

On this 2016 Patriot, the wear bar was situated at the top of the inner brake pad.

I recommend buying the Akebono ACT866 front brake pads since they have excellent reviews on Amazon.

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Replace Pad Abutment Clips
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Attach "C" Clamp To Caliper
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Brake Fluid Reservoir
If your new set of front brake pads included replacement brake hardware, pull the old pad abutment or "anti-rattle" clips out of the top and bottom of the bracket.

Apply a thin layer of brake parts grease to the new pad abutment clips where they will come in contact with the bracket or the new brake pads.

Push the new pad abutment clips in to the bottom of the bracket.

In order for the caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, the caliper piston needs to be compressed back.

Attach the "C" clamp to the caliper and use the back of an old brake pad to evenly distribute the pressure across the piston.

Move to the right rear corner of the engine bay and twist off the brake fluid reservoir cap in the counterclockwise direction.

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Twist Off Brake Fluid Cap
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Compress Back Caliper Piston
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Replace Brake Fluid Cap
Removing the reservoir cap will allow the brake fluid to more easily travel back through the lines when you compress the caliper piston.

Slowly turn the "C" clamp handle in the clockwise direction until the caliper piston is flush with its rubber dust boot.

Try to avoid pinching or otherwise damaging the rubber dust boot that surrounds the caliper piston.

Replace the brake fluid reservoir cap as soon as possible since brake fluid is hygroscopic (easily absorbs moisture from the air) by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.



 

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Install New Outer Brake Pad
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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
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Push Pads Against Caliper
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 Patriot exhibits shuddering, pulsating, or vibrations during braking, you may need to have your rotors "turned" (resurfaced) or just replace them with new rotors. If this is the SUV's first front brake job and the rotors seem 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, just 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.

Install the new brake pads in to the bracket with the wear indicator bar situated at the top of the inner brake pad.

Push the two pads together until they are flush against the rotor.

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Lower Caliper Over Pads
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Lubricate Slider Pins
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Push In Top Bolt / Pin
Lower the caliper over the new pads and in to the bracket. Line up the bolt holes.

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

Apply a thin layer of high temperature brake caliper lubricant grease to the smooth part of each caliper pin before pushing them back in to their rubber dust boots.

Do NOT apply brake caliper grease to the threads on the caliper bolts.

Push the two caliper slider pins back in to place.

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Spin In Bottom Bolt / Pin
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Tighten Top Caliper Bolt
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Tighten Bottom Caliper Bolt
Tighten the two caliper bolts a few turns in the counterclockwise direction by hand to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Continue tightening the upper and lower caliper bolts with the 14mm socket and 3/8" drive ratcheting wrench to just past hand tight or about 32 ft-lbs of torque.

Double check that the two 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 Front Wheel
If the brake pedal previously felt soft, mushy or spongy, the brake fluid could 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 DOT 3 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.

Push the front wheel back in to place.

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Push On Plastic Cover
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Spin On 5 Lug Nuts
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Slightly Tighten Clockwise
Replace the plastic cover over the center of the wheel.

Spin on the five lug nuts a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Slightly tighten the lug nuts with the tire iron in a criss-cross or "star" pattern.

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Lower SUV From Stands
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Torque To 100 ft-lbs
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Front Brake Pads Replaced
Carefully lower the SUV from the jack stands with the floor jack.

Progressively tighten the lug nuts in a "criss cross" or "star" pattern to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight. It would be best to use a torque wrench or an electric impact wrench with a torque stick to tighten the lug nuts to about 100 ft lbs of torque.

Sit in the driver's seat of the vehicle and firmly pump the brake pedal several times to restore the brake line pressure. Check the brake fluid in the reservoir and verify that it is at the proper level. If it is low, add some new DOT 3 fluid.

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 pads and cause them to be noisy and/or not perform as well.

It's also a good idea to regularly check your driveway, parking spot or garage for drops of brake fluid which might 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 2007-2016 Jeep Patriot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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