How to Install the Brake Rotors on a 1986 Dodge Lancer

Your 1986 Dodge Lancer's front brakes handle much of the stress from braking because the momentum shifts much of your car's weight to the front. As such, replace your front brake rotors at the first signs of wear and tear; otherwise, you run the risk of having your brakes fail when you need them most. Replacing the brake rotors is fairly simple, so you can easily perform this procedure yourself; allow yourself at least two hours to do so.

Tools Used: Tire jack, 2 jack stands, Rag, Hammer, C-clamp, New brake pads, Ratchet and socket, Lubricant, Tire iron, Knife

Install Brake Rotors

Raise the front of the car using a jack. Allow the car to rest on the jack stands, and remove the tires using the tire iron. The brake caliper resembles a metal sleeve on the upper corner of the brake rotor.

Unbolt the two primary caliper mounting bolts at the top and bottom of the caliper using a ratchet and socket. Unbolt the secondary caliper mounting bolts with a ratchet and socket, then remove the brake pads, caliper and brake rotor using your hands. Spray the brake rotor with lubricant, and lightly hammer it if you experience trouble removing it. Rub the wheel studs and bearing-hub rotor-mounting surface down with lubricant and a rag, and inspect the caliper and brake hoses for any damage.

Place the C-clamp over the top and bottom of the brake caliper piston, and use the old brake pad on the bottom of the C-clamp to protect the piston. Compress the C-clamp until the piston recedes into its housing.

Remove the protective film from the new rotor and install it on the Lancer.

Complete the installation by following the previous steps in reverse, then follow the manufacturer's instructions for bleeding the brake system.

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