If you have ever thought how people change the rear brakes of their Dodge truck, then this article will explain how. When the truck has been properly tested and it has been found that the rear brakes really need replacement, then a required suggestion is to pick up a phone and call the nearest garage. Here are some options.
The First Option
Make an appointment with the auto mechanic, take your truck over there and tell the mechanic that you want to replace the rear brakes. Keep yourself busy in some reading activity while you wait. This is the easy way to deal with the problem. All that has to be done is write a check or pay through your credit card when the job is done.
The Second Option
In case you decide to do the work in DIY style and you want to replace the rear brakes at home, then you would have to buy the brakes. There are five things which have to be considered: mechanical, sensor, electrical, fluids and drums. It is obviously cheaper to buy and install the brakes at home by yourself rather than taking your Dodge truck to the service center or garage.
If you have ever installed rear brakes, then you will know the basics of doing this task. However it is a little more complicated to change brakes on a Dodge truck. Several aspects have to be covered including calipers, brake cylinder and wheel cylinder. The last aspect to be kept in mind is grease. Plenty of lubrication will be applied so make sure to have it in ample.
Get to Work
First, find a suitable place to work on your Dodge truck. Your garage will probably be the best place to change the brakes, this will keep away your worries about the weather. It will not be suitable to do the task in rain. The cold weather is an advantage for using a heated garage. In case you don’t have a garage, then look for a location with a leveled surface, this is for avoiding rolling. The truck would have to be raised on blocks for getting it off the ground and stabilizing it. Then both the rear tires have to be removed. While doing all this, be sure that you are wearing old clothes because this work will get you all greasy.
Some grease would have to be used to loosen the brakes for removing them from the wheelbase. The longer it has been since the last change of brakes, the more difficult it will be removing them. When the rotors have been removed, then they would have to be turned. This would require special equipment. The rotors should be smooth and clean without any uneven surface because it will add to the noise that is disliked at the traffic light. With any luck, you could not continue driving the truck after the brakes started making squealing noises. There is also a possibility that the rotors may have got ruined. In this situation, there will be more expense as the rotors will need replacement.
Fortunately, the purchased brakes come with instruction manual. Putting the new brakes in proper direction is important. The brake fluid and all the brake hoses must be checked. Every model has a different PSI, some have as high as 3000 PSI. So check the model and number of the vehicle. There will definitely be a problem if the brakes are put on backward. If you counter any complications, call the store from where you bought them.
The basic installation is not very difficult. Simply remove the old brakes and apply some grease and replace with new ones. Then put back the tires and the job is done. In case you indulge in problems with the rotors and calipers then a professional has to be called.