I recently changed the brake pads for a friend on a 1997 Chrysler Town & Country. The front pads and rear shoes both desperately needed replacement, but I just took care of the front. After the job was done the brakes still didn't work all that well, (pretty poorly, actually) which I figured was a combination of the rears still being worn out and the rotors needing replacement. I told my friend that the van should go to a shop to be looked at and have the rest of the work done ASAP. A few weeks later, she told me that the front brakes needed significant work due to my changing the pads incorrectly. Specifically, I missed a step before compressing the piston, which led to contamination of the brake fluid. I have done disk brakes on a variety of vehicles, both my own and other people's, and have never had an issue. Is there a Chrysler specific method to compressing a brake piston? I used a Disc Brake Pad Piston Compressor and cleaned the brakes using brake cleaner prior to disassembly.
If I messed up, I can deal with that. But I'd rather not pay a $400 repair bill I'm not really responsible for.
Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 AT 4:47 PM