How to Replace a Caliper in a Ford Mustang


The Mustang may be the most popular muscle car, but it won't matter without good brakes. Replacing a part as important as a brake caliper, in a Mustang or any model, should be done with the assistance or advice from a trained mechanic.

Things You'll Need

  • Allen/socket wrench
  • Tire iron
  • Jack
  • Caliper for Mustang
  • Copper washers
  • Replacement mounting bolts

Removing Old Calipers

  • Lift and secure the car onto the jack stand. Remove the tire and wheel.

  • Remove the retaining clip, parking brake cable and conduit. These are only attached to the rear calipers.

  • Disconnect the caliper flow bolt, the lower caliper locating pin and the caliper mounting bolts. Discard the flow bolt sealing washers and the mounting bolts.

  • Rotate the brake caliper about 90 degrees away from the anchor assembly and remove it.

Installing New Calipers

  • Position the new caliper assembly in place on the anchor plate. Tighten new mounting bolts to 25 foot pounds on a front caliper and 24 foot pounds for a rear caliper.

  • Connect the caliper flow bolt with new copper sealing washers. Tighten the bolt to 52 foot pounds.

  • Install the retaining clip, parking brake cable and conduit onto the new caliper.

  • Attach the wheel and tire. Lower the car off the jack.

  • Pump the brake pedal repeatedly to position the brake pads before moving the car. Then test the brakes on the road.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're removing more than one caliper, mark the new calipers to make sure they are installed in the correct location.
  • Never clean brake parts without running a mist of water on them and using a damp rag. Dust and dirt on brake parts may contain asbestos fibers.

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