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Jeep Renegade Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on a 1st generation 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018 Jeep Renegade with the part numbers.

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2016 Renegade Front Wheel
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Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
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Raise Front of SUV

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and perhaps also the 2019 & 2020 model years) Jeep Renegade SUV in changing the front disc brake pads and lubricating the caliper slider pins.

Owners of other Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM or Fiat vehicles such as the 200, 300, Pacifica, Town & Country, Avenger, Charger, Challenger, Journey, Dart, Durango, Magnum, Grand Caravan, Fiat 500 500X or 500L, Fiat 124 Spider, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Compass, Liberty, Patriot, ProMaster, 1500 and C/V Tradesman minivan may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement sets of new front brake pads with their part numbers are as follows: Power Stop Z23-1811, ACDelco 17D1811CH, EBC Brakes UD1811 and Monroe GX1811.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include a lug nut wrench, a floor jack, two jack stands, a 14mm socket, a 3/8" drive ratchet, an "F" clamp and a tube of brake caliper grease.

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5 Lug Bolts Removed
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Rotor, Bracket & Caliper
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Front Brake Caliper

The first few steps are to park the SUV on a level surface, shift the transmission into park and turn off the ignition.

Engage the emergency / parking brake and place wheel chocks on both sides of the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

Slightly loosen the five lug bolts on the front wheel by turning them counterclockwise a 1/4 to 1/2 turn with the tire iron.

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

I prefer to work on one side of the car at a time to keep three tires on the ground for extra safety.

Spin out the 5 lug bolts and set them aside in a safe place.

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

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Loosen Top Caliper Bolt
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Loosen Bottom Bolt
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Spin Out Lower Bolt
The front brake caliper is held in place to the bracket by two bolts located on the back side of the caliper with the bolt heads facing in towards the engine bay.

Loosen the top caliper bolt by turning it clockwise (as seen from the outside of the SUV) with the 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet or a 14mm wrench.

Then loosen the bottom 14mm caliper bolt by turning it clockwise (as seen from the outside of the SUV).

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Spin Out Upper Bolt
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Two Caliper Bolts Removed
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Lift Off Brake Caliper
Spin out the two caliper bolts by hand and set them aside in a safe place.

Carefully pull the caliper off the old brake pads and out of the bracket.

Don't discard the old brake pads just yet. We'll use one of them for compressing back the caliper piston later.

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Rest Caliper On Suspension
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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
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Remove Old Outer Pad

Rest the caliper on the suspension or suspend it from the spring with a bungee cord or a piece of rope.

Try to avoid kinking, bending, stressing or pulling on the rubber brake fluid line to prevent from causing a brake fluid leak.

Pull the old inner and outer brake pads out of the bracket and make a mental note of where the wear indicator bar or "squeal" bar is situated.

On this 2016 Renegade 4X4 Trailhawk, the wear indicator bar was located at the top of the inner brake pad.

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Replace Pad Abutment Clips
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Top Pad Abutment Clip
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Lubricate Caliper Slider Pins

If your new set of front pads includes replacement brake hardware, pull the old metal pad abutment or "anti-rattle" clips out of the top and bottom of the bracket.

Apply a thin layer of brake caliper grease to the to new pad abutment clips where they will come in contact with the bracket or the ends ("ears") of the new brake pads.

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

In order for the front brake caliper to operate smoothly, the two caliper slider pins or "guide bolts" need to be well lubricated.

Pull the caliper slider pins out of their rubber dust boots attached to the bracket.

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Lower Caliper Slider Pin
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"F" Clamp On Caliper
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Brake Fluid Reservoir

Apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant grease to the smooth part of both caliper slider pins before pushing them back in to place in their rubber dust boots.

In order for the caliper to fit over the thicker new brake pads, you'll need to compress back the caliper piston.

Attach an "F" clamp or "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 area of the engine bay and twist off the yellow plastic brake fluid reservoir cap in the counterclockwise direction.

Removing the reservoir cap will allow the brake fluid to easily travel back through the lines when you compress the caliper piston.

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Twist Off Counterclockwise
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Compress Caliper Piston
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Replace Brake Fluid Cap

Slowly turn the "F" clamp handle in the clockwise direction to compress back the piston until it is just about flush with the rubber dust boot surrounding it.

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

Replace the reservoir cap as soon as possible since brake fluid is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air).

Twist the cap on in the clockwise direction.



 

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Bracket Bolts - 16mm
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Install New Outer Pad
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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad

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

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

 If your Renegade previously exhibited shuddering, pulsations, or vibrations in the front end during braking, you may need to have your rotors "turned" (resurfaced) or just replace them with brand new rotors. If this is the first front brake job on your SUV 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 set screw on the outer face of the rotor with a Torx T-30 star bit screwdriver, remove the two 16mm 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.

I recommend buying the Power Stop Z23-1811 ceramic brake pads. Ceramic pads tend to be quieter and produce less brake dust.

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

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Push Pads Against Rotor
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Lower Caliper Over Pads
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Spin In Top Caliper Bolt
Push the two pads together until they are flush against the rotor.

Carefully lower the caliper over the new pads and into the bracket.

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

Line up the bolt holes in the caliper with their corresponding holes in the slider pins within the bracket.

Spin the two caliper bolts in a few turns by hand in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) to help prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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Replace Bottom Bolt
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Tighten Top Bolt
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Tighten Counterclockwise
Tighten the two caliper bolts by turning them counterclockwise (as seen from the outside of the SUV) with the 14mm socket and the 3/8" drive ratchet to just past hand tight or about 26 lb-ft 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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Push On Front Wheel

If your SUV's brake pedal has recently felt soft or spongy, the brake fluid may be contaminated with water or the brake lines might 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 new DOT 4 brake fluid.

For more on this topic, check out my Brake Line Fluid Bleeding With An Assistant DIY Guide or alternatively take a look at my 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 top caliper bolt.

Carefully push the front wheel back in to place.

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Spin In 5 Lug Bolts
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Tighten Clockwise
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Slightly Tighten 5 Bolts
Spin on the the five lug bolts a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

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

Carefully lower the car from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

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Lower Car From Stands
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Torque To 80 lb-ft
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Front Wheel Replaced

Continue tightening the lug bolts in the clockwise direction in a "criss cross" or "star" pattern to about 1/4 to 1/3 turn past hand tight or 89 lb-ft of torque.

It would be best to use a torque wrench or an electric impact wrench with an 80 lb-ft torque stick to make sure that the lug bolts are properly tightened.

Sit in the driver's seat of the SUV and firmly pump the brake pedal a few 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, pour in some fresh DOT 4 brake fluid from a new bottle.

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 become noisy and/or not perform as well.

It's also a good idea to regularly check your driveway, garage or parking spot for drops of fresh brake fluid which might indicate a leak, check the brake fluid level in the reservoir and also verify that the lug bolts are still tight.

Be sure to record the brake pad change in your SUV's service records.

For more, please check out all of my Jeep Renegade DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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