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Replace front and rear brake pads?


97thunderace

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'03 XLT
Im new to this forum and explorers and was wondering if someone could give me instructions on changing the front and rear pads or point me to where I the information is on the site. I have a 03 XLT w/4 wheel drive. Thanks in advance for the help!
 




tower

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Really same as most cars with disk brakes.

This is how I did mine.

1 - remove brake fluid from master cylinder (I us a turkey baster)

2 - jack up car use jack stands remove wheels.

3 - I use a C-clamp to push the piston back in.

4 - remove the caliper

5 - if changing the front rotors and you should, remove the caliper bracket and pull the rotor off might have to hit it to get it off.

6 - put new rotor on, hold it on with a lug nut.

7- put caliper bracket back on

8 - remove old pads use c-clamp to push piston rest of the way in

9 - install new pads, use the antisqueak stuff

10 - put caliper back on I grease the sliding bolts

11 - repeat with the other side and back

12 - repeat step 1 and refill with new brake fluid

13 - pump brake pedal a few times till you get a firm pedal.

14 - bleed brakes starting with the pass rear, driver rear, pass front, driver front. You will have to refill brake fluid a few times. Bleed them until new brake fluid comes out.

15 - put tires back on

16 - go for a ride make complete stops from 20, 30, 40, 50 to "set pads"

I did not change the rear rotors as I did not feel like fighting the e-brake

hope this helps
 




gcbimmer

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Im doing this right now...do I need to put the double notch of the pad to the top or bottom of the caliper? Saw a few diys saying both. Need immediate help!!!
Thanks!!
 




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