I'm replacing the brake pads on my 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan and discovered the passenger side pads have have nearly 50% left, but the driver side pads are completely worn. I'm going to be trading-in the car in 11 months but want to be safe. I have five questions:
1. Can I replace just the driver side caliper, or do I have to replace both calipers? (Is it unsafe, or am I just at risk of having to replace the other one later?)
2. Can an alignment problem or uneven tire wear be caused by a sticking caliper?
3. Can I install the new oem semi-metallic brake pads on the driver side and keep the still-good ceramic pad on the passenger side?
4. Do I need to turn the rotor when replacing the pad so that the pad makes contact with more rotor surface, or to keep the new pad from grooving up to match the rotor (and thereby wearing out more quickly)?
5. Do I need to clamp the brake line before compressing the piston to prevent dirt/gunk from going back up to the ABS sensor?
Many thanks in advance for the help!
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 AT 11:15 PM