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Old 06-10-2010, 08:33 AM
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How do I go about changing the brakes on my 2007 2.0 liter Caliber. I know how to change the front brakes and rotors. Mechanic says my rear brakes need doing. What I need is a step-by-step procedure preferably with pictures.
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If they're drum brakes (most likely) good luck! I've never been able to get those damned things apart. When I had to replace the wheel cylinders in my Neon the only way I could get them out was to basically push out on the shoes until I had enough clearance to pull them. Odd that they need to be done, though. My '03 Neon still had the factory shoes on the rears when I traded it in back in Dec. because they just hadn't worn enough even after 104,000 miles.
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If they're drum brakes (most likely) good luck! I've never been able to get those damned things apart. When I had to replace the wheel cylinders in my Neon the only way I could get them out was to basically push out on the shoes until I had enough clearance to pull them. Odd that they need to be done, though. My '03 Neon still had the factory shoes on the rears when I traded it in back in Dec. because they just hadn't worn enough even after 104,000 miles.
I took my car in for an oil change anthey said I needed a rear brake job done after 106700 kms. They also said they needed to be machined.
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ill see if i can get the pages from the service manual and post them here
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I took my car in for an oil change and they said I needed a rear brake job done after 106700 kms. They also said they needed to be machined.
im surprised that they need to be replaced after that short of a period.. normally drum brakes are good for about 100k or longer, depending on driving style and conditions.

A note on machining the drums. Machining them is going to cost you about 20-30 bucks per drum to have them done, IF you can find someone that can still do that. i know around here, there are not many places that machine rotors and drums anymore.

Anywho, a new drum will probably cost you the same amount of money to replace as it is to get machined, so your are most likely better off getting new drums vs machining the old ones.
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By your self the spring tool and the drum brake pliers if you plan on doing your rear drums yourself. It will save you so much more hassle than its worth. Drum brakes are not all that hard to do. Take both tires off and both drums off. Only do one side at a time. That way if you get stuck and cant remember how it goes back together, u can just look on the other side that you havent taken apart yet.

I work for Dodge as a licensed mechanic, when it comes to brakes mileage dont mean anything. Its all in how you drive the car. Some people like to slam on there brakes alot. some people ride the brakes alot.. some people like to e-brake around corners in the winter time..... Hope this helps. The spring tool and pliers for rear drums isnt expensive. You can find your self a decent set at an automotive store for like maybe 30-40 bucks id say.
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By your self the spring tool and the drum brake pliers if you plan on doing your rear drums yourself. It will save you so much more hassle than its worth. Drum brakes are not all that hard to do. Take both tires off and both drums off. Only do one side at a time. That way if you get stuck and cant remember how it goes back together, u can just look on the other side that you havent taken apart yet.

I work for Dodge as a licensed mechanic, when it comes to brakes mileage dont mean anything. Its all in how you drive the car. Some people like to slam on there brakes alot. some people ride the brakes alot.. some people like to e-brake around corners in the winter time..... Hope this helps. The spring tool and pliers for rear drums isnt expensive. You can find your self a decent set at an automotive store for like maybe 30-40 bucks id say.












ah how i miss having the crappy firestones on my car, when i just didn't give a crap about them
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By your self the spring tool and the drum brake pliers if you plan on doing your rear drums yourself. It will save you so much more hassle than its worth. Drum brakes are not all that hard to do. Take both tires off and both drums off. Only do one side at a time. That way if you get stuck and cant remember how it goes back together, u can just look on the other side that you havent taken apart yet.

I work for Dodge as a licensed mechanic, when it comes to brakes mileage dont mean anything. Its all in how you drive the car. Some people like to slam on there brakes alot. some people ride the brakes alot.. some people like to e-brake around corners in the winter time..... Hope this helps. The spring tool and pliers for rear drums isnt expensive. You can find your self a decent set at an automotive store for like maybe 30-40 bucks id say.
Oh yea, i know that mileage doesnt really mean anything, but on all my cars with rear drums ive never had to replace rear drums, and my old car had 100k on it, andddd i drove that car HARD.

I also enjoy sliding around in the snow with the rear brakes locked from time to time, but i dont do it a lot with this car nearly as much as i did with my old car. It is hell on not only brakes, but other things

I agree on getting the right tools. I have done rear drums on cars without them, and it can be done, but a LOT of swearing is involved.
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ah how i miss having the crappy firestones on my car, when i just didn't give a crap about them

Heh, ive done burnouts on the firestones, and this winter they are going to be my winter tire if i cant get a set of snows on my stock rims.
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