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Rear brake pads - renewal
Braking system / Rear brake pads - renewal


Warning: Disc brake pads must be renewed on BOTH rear wheels at the same time - never renew the pads on only one wheel, as uneven braking may result. Although genuine Ford linings are asbestos-free, the dust created by wear of non-genuine pads may contain asbestos, which is a health hazard. Never blow it out with compressed air, and donТt inhale any of it. DO NOT use petroleum-based solvents to clean brake parts; use brake cleaner or methylated spirit only. DO NOT allow any brake fluid, oil or grease to contact the brake pads or disc.

1 Chock the front wheels, and engage 1st gear (or УPФ). Loosen the rear wheel nuts, jack up the rear of the vehicle and support it on axle stands.

2 Remove the rear wheels. Work on one brake assembly at a time, using the assembled brake for reference if necessary.

3 Inspect the rear brake disc as described in Section 10.

4 Extract the spring clip, and pull out the retaining pin securing the caliper to the carrier bracket. Note that on Saloon and Hatchback models, the pin is at the bottom of the caliper, whereas on Estate models, it is at the top.

5 Swivel the caliper away from the carrier bracket, to expose the brake pads (see illustrations).

8.5A Rear brake pad removal on Saloon and Hatchback models
8.5A Rear brake pad removal on Saloon and Hatchback models

4 Brake caliper
5 Brake pads

8.5B Rear brake pad removal on Estate models
8.5B Rear brake pad removal on Estate models

3 Brake caliper
5 Brake pads

6 Disconnect the pad wear warning light wire (when fitted) at the connector. Also unbolt the brake hose bracket from the rear suspension strut, to avoid straining the flexible hose.

7 If necessary, the caliper may be completely removed by prising off the cap and unscrewing the pivot guide bolt. Support the caliper on an axle stand, or tie it to one side with wire.

8 Remove the pads from the carrier bracket.

9 Brush all dust and dirt from the caliper, pads and disc, but do not inhale it, as it may be harmful to health. Scrape any corrosion from the disc.

10 Before fitting the new pads, screw the caliper piston fully into its bore, at the same time pressing the piston fully to the bottom of the bore. Proprietary tools are available for this operation - at a pinch, it may be possible to use long-nosed pliers engaged with the cut-outs in the piston. Brake fluid will be displaced into the master cylinder reservoir, so check first that there is enough space to accept the fluid. If necessary, syphon off some of the fluid.

11 Fit the new pads using a reversal of the removal procedure. On completion, firmly depress the brake pedal a few times, to bring the pads to their normal working position.

Check the level of the brake fluid in the reservoir, and top-up if necessary.

12 Give the vehicle a road test, to make sure that the brakes are functioning correctly, and to bed-in the new linings to the contours of the disc. Remember that full braking efficiency will not be obtained until the new linings have bedded-in.


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