Rear brake pads on a 2004 Jeep Liberty

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How to:
Replace the Rear Brake Pads on a 2004 Jeep Liberty


Remove the two brake caliper bolts

To perform this job it is necessary to raise the rear end of the
vehicle using the floor jack.  Put the vehicle in park and put
blocks on the front wheels to keep it from rolling.  Secure it
with jack stands.  Don't set the parking brake, otherwise you
won't be able to remove the rear brake rotor.


Remove the two brake caliper bolts.




remove the rear brake caliper and tie down caliper

Using two pry bars as shown in the image, proceed to remove
the rear brake caliper.


Using a short piece of rope tie down the caliper to keep it from
hanging on the brake hose.





 Remove the brake rotor safety clip

Remove the brake rotor safety clip.





Remove and measure thickness of the rear brake rotor

Remove the rear brake rotor.  If the brake rotor has a groove
where it makes contact with the parking brake it may be necessary
to adjust the parking brake shoe in order to remove the rotor. 


It is recommended to measure the thickness of the rotor, and
compare it to the specs stamped on its edge.  Replace if necessary.





Inspect parking brake shoe and use brake cleaner to remove brake dust before installing new brake rotor

Inspect the parking brake shoe.  Use brake cleaner to remove
brake dust prior to installing the new brake rotor.  Remember
 that the new rotors are coated with oil to keep them from rusting. 
To remove the oil, clean the rotor with brake cleaner.









Remove brake bleeder dust cap

Remove the brake bleeder dust cap.




Compress caliper pistons, crack bleeder screw open as compressing piston allowing fluid to flow into the plastic container

To avoid contaminated brake fluid from flowing back into the
system attach a hose to the bleeder screw.


Compress the caliper pistons using a tool similar to the one
shown in the image.  Crack the bleeder screw open as you
compress the piston to allow the fluid to flow into the
plastic container.  Make sure that you tighten the bleeder screw
before removing the hose and the brake tool.




Remove brake pads

Remove the brake pads.




Clean caliper pin cavities with brake cleaner and lubricate with high temp brake lube

Clean the caliper pin cavities with brake cleaner and lubricate
them with high temp brake lube.




Apply anti-squeal lubricant to caliper piston and brake caliper and install new brake pads then install and tighten brake caliper pins

Apply anti-squeal lubricant to the caliper piston and the brake
caliper side that makes contact with the back of the brake pad. 
Install the new brake pads.  Install and tighten the brake
caliper pins.


Check the brake fluid level and the brake master cylinder
reservoir.  Before starting the engine slowly pump the brake
pedal a couple of times to allow the caliper pistons to extend. 
The pedal will feel soft at first, but will feel normal after two
to three pumps.  Take the vehicle for a test drive and make sure
that the brakes work properly.  At your return inspect for leaks,
verify the proper brake fluid level, and add fluid if needed.