How to Replace a Caliper in a Ford Explorer

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The Ford Explorer is a large vehicle that some drivers may handle roughly. Parts like brake calipers may inevitably need replacing. Have a trained expert work on your Explorer for such maintenance, or consult with one before undertaking it yourself.

  • Raise and support the vehicle on the jack stand on the end you need. Loosen the lug nuts and remove the wheel.

  • Remove the caliper slide pin bolts. Lift the caliper off of the anchor plate. Suspend the caliper with wire or position it on a frame member. Don't let it hang by the brake hose.

  • Disconnect the brake hose from the caliper and plug the hose. Remove the caliper from the rotor.

  • Place the caliper over the brake pads and align the slide pin mounting holes. Install the slide pin bolts, tightening them to 24 foot pounds.

  • Connect the brake hose to the caliper. Use new washers on the bolt and tighten it to 26 foot pounds.

  • Reinstall the wheel and tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot pounds. Lower the vehicle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Start the engine after installation and apply the brake pedal several times until it feels firm. Then test the brakes on the road.
  • Never dry clean any brake parts, as they can contain asbestos fibers. Run a fine mist of water on the parts and wipe with a damp cloth. Dispose of the cloth in an impermeable container.

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