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want to change my front brake pads on my 06 1500 mega cab, have the pads, but im wondering if i need any speacial tools to get the job done or anything i should know before i dive into this.
also is it ok to just push the piston on the caliper back in with a c-clamp ?
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I changed mine a year ago in my '05 and I'm pretty sure all you need is some basic hand tools (socket set, open end wrench). I just used a pair of ChannelLocks and opened the bleeder to push the piston back on mine. Oh, and an extra set of hands to bleed em
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do i have to bleed the brakes or is that that only way it can be done ?
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You shouldn't have to bleed them unless you open the line for
some reason and get air in the line......Just use a large C clamp
or a large pair if adjustables to compress the piston....place one
of the old pads over the piston and compress against it with the
C clamp.....you might first want to suck out a small amount of brake
fluid from the reservoir (1-2 ozs) because fluid will back up into the
reservoir when you compress the wheel caliper cylinders.....also...
Don't let the caliper hang on the brake line after removing....hang it with wire or set in on a 5 gal. bucket to take the weight......

ps....check out "You Tube" for brake pad replacement.....really not that
hard a job....just follow directions and take your time.
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Thanks guys, i'm very leary of doing things to my ram. first newer vehicle ive owned.
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