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How to Replace Front Brakes 02-07 Jeep Liberty

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  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:44)
    • Pry off the wheel cover with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Loosen the 19mm lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step : Inspecting the Brakes (1:08)
    • Check for gouges on both sides of the rotor
    • Check the thickness of the brake pads
    • Check the brake pad wear indicator
  3. step : Removing the Brakes (1:46)
    • Remove the two 12mm bolts from the brake caliper
    • Pry the caliper piston in with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull the caliper aside and wire-tie it into place
    • Pry the brake pads out of the caliper with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the two 21mm bolts from the back of the caliper bracket
    • Remove the caliper bracket
    • Pull the rotor off
  4. step : Preparing the New Brake Pads and Rotors (3:10)
    • Clean the rotor with brake parts cleaner
    • Apply grease to the brake pad tabs
    • Clean the brake pad slides with a wire brush
    • Grease the caliper slides
  5. step : Installing the New Brakes (4:06)
    • Slide the rotor on
    • Install the caliper bracket and the 21mm bolts
    • Torque the 21mm bolts to 85 ft/lbs
    • Put an old pad in the caliper
    • Use a large C-clamp and the old pad to push the pistons back
    • Check that the caliper slides move freely
    • If necessary, apply grease to the caliper slides
    • Install the new brake pads into the caliper
    • Put the caliper on
    • Thread the two 12mm bolts by hand
    • Tighten bolts to between 20 - 25 foot-pounds of torque
  6. step : Reattaching the Wheel (5:43)
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern
    • Reattach the wheel cover
  7. step : Testing the Brakes (6:19)
    • Pump your brakes repeatedly until they feel firm
    • Test your brakes at 5 miles per hour and then 10 miles per hour
    • Road test the vehicle

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the front brakes on this 2006 Jeep Liberty. We show you on the passenger's side, but the driver's side is a similar procedure. You'll need new brake pads and a rotor kit from, a flat blade screw driver, 12mm, 19mm, and 21mm sockets, a ratchet, a torque wrench, jack and jack stands, a wire brush, brake cleaner, brake grease, and a large C-clamp.

Pry off your wheel cover if you have one, and remove the 19mm lug nuts. If you don't have air-powered tools, you want to loosen the lug nuts up while the vehicle is on the ground. Jack the vehicle up and then remove the lug nuts. Once they're removed, the wheel pulls right off. Turn your wheel so that you have better access to the brakes. Now that we got the wheel off, we can take a look at the condition of the brakes. Here, we have the rotor. What you want to do is run your finger along it, make sure that there's no excessive rust or pitting. You want to look for a ridge up here to see how much it's been worn. These are in good shape.

Now, over to the brake pads. You can look through here, and you can see that this is the material right there, and these look like they're pretty new. These are in good shape, but we're going to go ahead and replace them just to show you how it's done. Pry the rotor back. This will make it easier to get the caliper off. Now, you want to remove this 12mm bolt and this 12mm bolt. We'll fast-forward as Don does this. Now, you can pull your caliper up and off, and then wire tight in place so it doesn't swing down and hit you. Also, so it doesn't stress the brake hose. Pry your brake pads out. On the back of your caliper bracket, you'll see this 21mm bolt and this 21mm bolt. We'll just fast-forward as Don removes those, and you can see he does use a piece of pipe for some added leverage to help break them free.

Once those bolts are removed, the caliper bracket pulls right off, and so does your rotor. On the right is the old rotor and brake pads; on the left are the new ones from 1A Auto. You can see they're identical, the they'll mount exactly the same. Take some brake cleaner and clean off your rotor. Then, using a wire brush, clean your brake pad slides. Now, check your caliper slides to make sure they're greased up. You can see both the wires are. Now, take some brake grease and put it on the tabs on either end of your brake pads. Put your new rotor into place, put your caliper bracket back into place, and replace those two 21mm bolts. We'll just fast-forward as Don does this.

Torque both of these bolts to 85 foot-pounds. Push your new brake pads into place. Free your rotor from whatever you had halting it up, and then you want to reset the piston. What we're doing is we put an old brake pad back into the rotor, and then we use a C-clamp and tighten the C-clamp, and that pushes that piston back inside the rotor.

Now, put the caliper back in place and start those bolts back in. You may have to just push the slides in the caliper bracket to make sure that you get everything to go in correctly. Torque each of these bolts to 20 to 25 foot-pounds. Replace the wheel, replace the lug nuts, and you want to tighten them preliminarily. Lower the vehicle, tighten them the rest of the way, and then torque each of them in a crossing pattern to 100 foot-pounds.

If you have a wheel cover, replace it. Very important, before road testing the vehicle, get in, pump the brakes. After you do brake work, you should feel that it will be soft but you pump them a few times and they'll firm up and then do test stops from five and ten miles an hour before taking your vehicle out on the road.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Floor Jack
  • Jack Stands
  • Large C-Clamp
  • Wire Brush

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Bearing Grease
  • Brake Parts Cleaner

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Torque Wrench

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 12mm Wrench
  • 19mm Wrench
  • 21mm wrench

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