How To Replace 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan FRONT Brakes Pads & Rotor Replacement | Step By Step

How To Replace 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan FRONT Brakes Pads & Rotor Replacement | Step By Step

Step by step process on How To Replace a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan 2WD FRONT Brakes Pads & Rotors. If you are hearing a grinding noise when braking, its time to change your brakes. In this video Jeff also shows you what parts and tools he uses to change the front brake pads and remove the rotors in this replacement job. This video also shows you how to compress the piston for the front calipers. Jeff gives a side by side comparison of used brake pads with new brake pads and why he uses Anti Seize lubricant to keep rotors, bolts and lug nuts from sticking. By doing this car maintenance yourself you can save money from what you would pay by taking your car to a mechanic. This video may not demonstrate proper safety or technique. It is up to you to ensure the safety of yourself and your vehicle.

Be sure to check out Jeff’s other DIY Tinker Forward videos:

-Step by Step How To Replace Rear Brakes 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Pads & Rotor Replacement

-How To Replace The Cabin Air Filter In A 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

-Easy DIY Tutorial How To Change The Battery In A Dodge Chrysler Jeep Key Fob

Items referenced in the video:

1.5 Ton Compact Aluminum Racing Jack with Rapid Pump (Affiliate Link)

Neiko 20733A Disc Brake Caliper Wind Back Tool Kit | 12-Piece Set (Affiliate Link)

Permatex 80078 Anti-Seize Lubricant with Brush Top Bottle, 8 oz. (Affiliate Link)

Permatex 24125 Ceramic Extreme Brake Parts Lubricant, 8 oz. (Affiliate Link)

Monroe CX1273 Total Solution Ceramic Brake Pad
(comparable to what was used in the video – please verify online that these parts will work with your model vehicle) (Affiliate Link)

DuraGo BR90052602 Rear Solid Disc Premium Electrophoretic Brake Rotor
(rotors comparable to what was used in the video – however these are unpainted – please verify online that these parts will work with your model vehicle) (Affiliate Link)

Jeff’s Dodge Grand Caravan Front Brake Change Checklist

Tools Needed: (gather all tools first to avoid looking for them while car is taken apart)
___ New brake pads wearever gold premium ceramic
___ headlamp or bright light
___ Floor Jack
___ Caliper Wind Back kit or C-Clamp
___ Car Jack
___ Small container to hold nuts and bolts
___ 13mm socket for caliper bolts
___ 21mm socket for caliper bracket bolts
___ 19mm socket Torque Wrench or X wrench to remove tire nuts with
___ 6” x 6” wood railroad tie beam to remove a stubborn tire
___ 18” Length Metal Breaker Extension Pipe/Bar
___ Rubber Mallet Hammer
___ Hammer
___ Socket Wrench Set
___ Flathead screwdriver to remove old brake pads
___ Coat Hanger or wire to tie brake caliper
___ 2-3 Shop Towels
___ Brake pad grease (to lubricate brake pad ends)
___ Aluminum Anti-Seize lubricant
___ Cardboard or cushion mat to kneel on (Or knee pads)
___ Safety jack stands (to back up hand jack so car doesn’t accidentally come down)

Due to factors beyond the control of Tinker Forward, I cannot guarantee against improper use or unauthorized modifications of this information. Tinker Forward assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. Use this information at your own risk. Tinker Forward recommends safe practices when working on vehicles and or with tools seen or implied in this video. Due to factors beyond the control of Tinker Forward, no information contained in this video shall create any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. Any injury, damage, or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or from the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not Tinker Forward. Jeff is not a licensed mechanic, this is a DIY project at home. This video may not demonstrate proper safety or technique. It is up to you to ensure the safety of yourself and your vehicle.

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wood worker says:

There is no need to use that much anti seize a bottle that size will last a life time. I guess it doesn't hurt but wow I've never seen someone use that much

A says:

Why my tire is not raising it up when I jack it up?


You did not give the Torque specs or even mention it for the Caliper bolts which is just as important as the Tire lugs for first time mechanics, ….But great job Well done

Brad Gover says:

Not bad vidio. I would add torque loads to caliper and caliper hanger bolts per specification. You do NOT want to under or over torque these bolts. There are only two bolts per function and you sure don't want these fasteners failing while driving.

Rr. D. says:

The pin click on the pads has to click ?

Jason L says:

Hey Don't use those jack stands they have cause cars to fall on people i Bought mine at harbor freight those can kill you there is recall on thoses stands!!!!!! And you will get your money back

Steve Ingalls says:

You should of cleaned under the old abutment clips to remove rust & dirt with a wire brush and applied brake grease to prevent new rust from forming. Also apply brake grease to the piston face.

Manuel Avina says:

great video! you explained everything so well

A Nasser says:

Thankx for your video what about Bleeding brake fluid is it important to do it always or no and when I will bleed it?

Jordan says:

That's a cheater bar and a lug wrench, bubba…

Richard Bott Slots And More says:

Thanks for the great video…new sub here….just what I was looking for…

Mark Skinner says:

Very nice you helped me a great deal today. havent done this in years!!

propanetruck says:

To much talk but at the final is OK

Adrian Burrows says:

I like how this guy was easy to take on suggestions and some people were overzealous about their knowledge. As a reminder, almost all technicians are qualified in shop. ASE does not mean anything. Their a lot like the award's you receive in the Army. Good day, and great video.

Juicyblunts says:

It's actually highly recommend that you do not apply anti seizing compounds between the rotor and hub. Hence why they do not apply it from factory.

Joey Haircut says:

What's the torque of the 21mm caliper Bracket bolts??

godsmackfan87 says:

Not a good brake service if you dnt know what your doin you really shouldn't touch your vehicle brakes are very important didnt grease and lubricate necessary parts

Mike Boyle says:

What about the anti lock wiring?

rickw650 says:

Very uneven pad wear. Either the slide pins or flex line needs attention. If they don't wear evenly something is not correct.

AdrianJayeOnline says:

@13:09 CLEAN IT FIRST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James Greenan says:

Great video. Can you give me more information on the impact wrench? I will be buying one soon and I have some work to do.

Chris Rowe says:

Great video very helpfull. One question there was no mention of greasing the slide pins on the caliper housing?

Mark Whitcomb says:

Great video. You should add a step for cleaning off the new brake rotors to remove the oil that they are coated with. Also, adding some grease to the metal clips (on the caliper) that the pads slide on is a good idea.

Mesfin Minale says:

Great, I like how you handle by yourself.

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