How to Replace a Caliper in a Ford Focus

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Replacing brake calipers is not a simple procedure, even on a small car like the Ford Focus. It's always best to have a trained professional handle such maintenance. If you do try to replace a caliper on your Ford, make sure you have all the parts and knowledge for such a task.

Things You'll Need

  • Allen/socket wrench
  • Tire iron
  • Jack
  • Caliper for Focus
  • Copper washers

Removing the Old Caliper

  • Lift the car off the ground on a jack stand. Remove the tire and wheel.

  • Disconnect the brake hose from the support bracket and clamp or plug it. Remove the outer brake pad retaining clip.

  • Remove the caliper from the steering knuckle. Disconnect the bolts, pivot the caliper upward from the rotor and slide it off the pin. Remove the brake pads.

  • Detach the brake hose from the caliper at the mounting bolt. Toss away the washers on the bolt.

Installing the New Caliper

  • Attach the brake hose to the new caliper. Tighten the fitting to 11 foot pounds. Attach the brake pads.

  • Install the caliper to the steering knuckle, using the reverse method of removal. Tighten the pin bolts to 21 foot pounds for a front caliper and 26 foot pounds for the rear.

  • Connect the brake pad retaining clip and the brake hose to the support bracket. Install the wheel back on the vehicle.

  • Bleed the brake system to remove any air. Lower the vehicle. Test the brakes, first while stopped and then on the road.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's a good idea to disconnect the negative battery cable and remove two-thirds of the brake fluid from the master cylinder before removing the caliper. Remember to refill the cylinder after installation.

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