Edmunds Answers



  • therealjab 06/27/11 3:43 pm PST


    Ye asked so ye shall receive! :)


  • Safety glasses

  • Jack

  • Jack stands (O'Riley has jack stands on sale from time to time)

  • Lug-nut wrench

  • Ratchet

  • Sockets

  • Hammer

  • New rotors

  • Brake cleaner

  • New brake pads C-clamp

  • 1) Lift the Ford Escape with the jack and place it on jack stands.

  • 2) Remove the wheels with a lug-nut wrench and set them aside. The lug-nut wrench can be found in the hatch of your Ford Escape.

  • 3) Remove the caliper with a ratchet and use a bungee cord to hang the caliper. Do not let the caliper hang from the brake hose, as the hose might break and cause fluid to leak.

  • 4) Remove the brake caliper bracket from the steering knuckle with a ratchet and set it aside.

  • 5) Remove the brake rotor from the hub. The rotor might require force to be removed; if it does, use a hammer to hit the rotor in the center, where the lug studs are located. Take care not to hit the studs.

  • 6) Remove the new rotor from its packaging and use brake cleaner to remove the grease from the rotor. Grease is applied on the rotor in the factory to inhibit rust during storage.

  • 7) Install the new rotor onto the hub.

  • 8) Install the caliper bracket with new brake pads onto the rotor and fasten it to the steering knuckle. Use a ratchet to tighten the bolts.

  • 9) Open the master cylinder reservoir so that you don't break a seal while compressing the brake caliper.

  • 10) Compress the brake caliper with a C-clamp, so that the caliper can fit over the new brake pads. Install the caliper by securing it to the brake caliper bracket with a ratchet

  • 11) Clean up the work area, crack open a cold one and enjoy your handy work!



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