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Jeep Renegade Rear Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the rear disc brake pads on a 1st generation 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Jeep Renegade SUV.

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

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and maybe also the 2019 & 2020 model years) Jeep Renegade SUV in changing the rear 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 rear brake pads with their part numbers are as follows: Power Stop 16-1734 Z16, TRW TPC1734, EBC Brakes UD1809, ProStop PGD1811C and Monroe GX1809.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include a lug nut wrench, a floor jack, two jack stands, a 13mm socket with a 3/8" drive ratchet, a 17mm wrench, a pair of needle nose pliers and a tube of brake caliper grease.

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Spin Off Lug Bolts
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Five Lug Bolts Removed
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Rotor, Bracket & Caliper
The first few steps are to park the SUV on a level surface, turn off the ignition and make sure that the emergency / parking brake is not engaged.

Slightly loosen the five lug bolts on the rear wheel by turning them counterclockwise with the lug nut wrench about 1/4 to 1/3 turn.

Place wheel chocks on both sides of the front tires to prevent the car from moving.

Carefully raise the rear 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 vehicle at a time to keep three tires on the ground for extra safety.

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

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

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Loosen Top Caliper Bolt
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Loosen Bottom Caliper Bolt
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Spin Out Caliper Bolts
The rear brake caliper is held in place to the bracket by two bolts on the back side of the caliper with the bolt heads facing in towards the cargo area.

Loosen the two caliper bolts by turning them clockwise (as seen from the outside of the SUV) with the 13mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

If the caliper slider pin turns as you are attempting to loosen the caliper bolt, hold it in place with a 17mm wrench.

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Two Caliper Bolts Removed
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Lift Caliper Off Bracket
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Screw-In Type Piston
Set the two caliper bolts aside in a safe place.

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

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

Try to avoid stressing, kinking or bending the rubber brake fluid hose.

You'll notice that the rear calipers are equipped with "screw-in" type caliper pistons that need to be turned back in the clockwise direction to retract them back into the caliper body.

Some people choose to invest in a set of caliper piston tools to reset these screw in rear caliper pistons. I have had good luck with just using a pair of needle nose pliers to turn them back by hand.

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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
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Remove Old Outer Pad
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Replace Pad Abutment Clips
Pull the two old brake pads out of the bracket.

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

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

If your new set of rear 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 new brake pads.

Push the new pad abutment clips into the top and bottom of the bracket until they are fully seated.

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Remove Caliper Slider Pins
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Lubricate & Replace Pins
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Twist Off Brake Fluid Cap

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

Spread some brake parts lubricant grease on to the smooth parts of the two pins.

Push the two pins back into place in their rubber dust boots on the bracket.

Before retracting the caliper piston, move to the right (driver side) rear area of the engine bay.

Twist off the yellow plastic brake fluid reservoir cap in the counterclockwise direction.

Removing the reservoir cap will allow the brake fluid to more easily travel back through the lines when you retract the pistons.



 

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Retract Caliper Piston
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Replace Reservoir Cap
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Install New Outer Pad
Use a pair of needle nose pliers or a caliper piston tool to wind back the piston in the clockwise direction.

Continue slowly turning the piston in the clockwise direction until it is flush with the rubber dust boot surrounding it.

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

It would also be a good idea to check the brake fluid level in the reservoir while you are turning back the pistons to make sure it doesn't overflow.

(Clean up any spilled brake fluid immediately since it can easily damage painted surfaces.)

Thoroughly clean off the brake rotor, caliper bracket, brake caliper assembly and lug bolt holes 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 it is inhaled.

Apply a thin layer of brake parts lubricant 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 rear 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 rear 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 Torx T-30 set screw, remove the two 17mm 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 outer brake pad into the bracket.

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Wear Bar - Top Inner Pad
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Push Pads Against Rotor
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Lower Caliper Over Pads
Install the new inner brake pad into the bracket with the wear indicator bar situated at the top of the pad.

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

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

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Spin In Bottom Caliper Bolt
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Replace Top Caliper Bolt
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Tighten Upper Caliper Bolt
Line up the bolt holes on the caliper with their corresponding bolt holes in the caliper slider pins within the bracket.

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

Tighten the two caliper bolts by turning them in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the vehicle) to just past hand tight or about 26 lb-ft of torque

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Hold Slider Pin - Wrench
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Rubber Valve Cap
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Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
If the caliper slider pins turn as you are attempting to tighten the caliper bolts, hold them in place with a 17mm wrench.

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

If your brake pedal has previously felt soft or spongy, the brake fluid might be contaminated with water or the brake lines may contain a few 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 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 top caliper bolt.

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Replace Rear Wheel
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Slightly Tighten Lug Bolts
Carefully push the rear wheel back into place.

Spin in 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 in a "criss cross" or "star" pattern with the lug nut wrench.

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Lower SUV From Stands
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Torque To 89 lb-ft
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Rear Brakes Replaced
Carefully lower the SUV from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

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 about 89 lb-ft of torque.

It would be best to use a torque wrench or an electric impact wrench with a 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 rear 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 or not perform as well.

It's also a good idea to regularly check your driveway, garage, driveway 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.

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

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