How to Replace the Rear Brake Pads on a 2006 Ford F-150

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Replacing the rear brake pads on a 2006 Ford F-150 is a necessary part of the truck's regular maintenance schedule. Brake pads wear out as part of their normal operation. Rear brake pads only perform about 25 percent of the braking effort. As such, rear pads are smaller than front pads. With that in mind, you can expect to replace the rear brake pads once for every two to three times you replace the front pads. Anyone with basic automotive-repair experience can replace the rear pads on a 2006 Ford F-150 in less than two hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Wheel chocks
  • Lug wrench
  • Jack
  • 2 jack stands
  • Drop pan
  • Brake cleaner
  • Socket set
  • White lithium grease
  • Torque wrench
  • Put the wheel chocks in front of the front wheels to prevent the F-150 from rolling. Loosen the rear lug nuts with the lug wrench.

  • Lift the rear end with the jack and place the two jack stands under the rear axle. Put the jack stands out by the leaf-spring perches for best stability.

  • Remove the lug nuts and rear wheels by hand.

  • Put the drop pan on the ground below the left rear brake assembly. Spray off the brakes with the brake cleaner to remove as much brake dust as possible.

  • Unbolt the brake caliper from the hub using the socket set. Lift the caliper off the brake rotor and then pull the old brake pads out of the caliper by hand.

  • Spray the inside of the brake caliper with the brake cleaner to clean out the brake dust. Lubricate the caliper slides with white lithium grease.

  • Insert the new brake pads in the same position and orientation as the old pads. Slide the brake caliper back over the rotor and bolt it back in place with the socket set.

  • Perform steps four through seven on the right rear brakes.

  • Put the wheels and lug nuts back on by hand. Tighten the lug nuts down as far as possible by hand. Lower the F-150 off the jack stands using the jack and then tighten the lug nuts to 140 ft-lbs. with the torque wrench.

References

  • "Ford F150 2004 Thru 2006: Haynes Manual"; Ken Freund; 2006
  • Photo Credit pickup truck image by Tonda from Fotolia.com
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