Brake Repair

How to do a Ford Brake Repair Job Yourself


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Ford brake repair is a job you can do yourself at home. Ford braking systems are normally trouble-free. However, there are times when something may go wrong and your vehicle may require a brake repair job. The Ford Explorer is a heavy vehicle, and the brake system comes with large pads and rotor surfaces which ensure the vehicle's ability to stop in emergency situations. A rotor usually has a lifespan of two brake replacements, but other factors have to be taken into consideration, which include maintenance and abuse of the vehicle. The calipers normally last around 100,000 miles.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Semi-metallic pad
  • Brake grease
  • Boundary-type lubricant
  • Anti-seize lubricant
  • Brake gauge

The steps to perform a Ford brake repair are as follows:

Step 1: Go For Spin Test

Before beginning the Ford brake repair, take your vehicle for a spin test. While driving, listen for unusual noises. This will help you to determine the areas of the brake system that may be affected, such as the shafts and axles.

Step 2: Check Brake Pads

Check your brake pads because these are the first things to show signs of wear. An abnormal sign could be rust between the friction material and the backing plate. If you're hearing noise and feeling excess vibration, rust is likely present. Check the pads for thickness. Ford specifications are that pad thickness should not change in excess of 2mm from the inner and outer pad. A signal that there is a problem in the brake mechanism or your caliper pistons will be signs of tapered wear and/or variations of thickness.

Step 3: Check the Boots for Damage

Look for damage or cracks on the boots. You will need to remove the pistons. When replacing back the pistons, use a device that applies equal force. You can damage the piston and seal if you don't use the right tool.

Step 4: Increase Brake Fluid Temperature

Choose a semi-metallic pad that will increase the brake fluid temperature. 

Step 5: Use Grease

For the anchor pins and caliper, use brake grease that is silicone based. It must be rubber friendly. For the abutment slides and clips, use an alternative-based boundary-type lubricant. 

Step 6: Use Lubricant

To the hub flange, apply a small amount of the anti-seize lubricant. This lubricant must not come into contact with the brake pads, wheel studs or the brake disc.

Emergency Ford Brake Repair Adjustments:

  1. Take off the back rotor.
  2. Check the emergency brake. Apply lubricant where the brake disc makes contact with the brake shoe using silicone-based grease.
  3. With a brake gauge, check the inside width of the drum location. You want a difference of 0.142 inch for the parking brake shoe.
  4. Ensure your parking brake shoes are correctly centered.
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