How to Replace Front Disc Brakes in a Ford Focus

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Offering a spacious and comfortable interior, your 2005 Ford Focus encourages you to spend time on the road. Touting reliability and great quality, it allows you to know that you will experience minimal problems regarding performance. Maintaining the upkeep will ensure that you can continue to take advantage of your Focus. When completing maintenance make sure that you replace the front disc brakes in your Ford Focus.

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Things you need

  • Brake pads
  • Brake fluid
  • Torque wrench
  • C-clamp
  • Syringe, turkey baster or similar tool
  • Anti-squeal lubricant

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the negative battery cable. Using a syringe, turkey baster or similar tool, drain two thirds of the brake fluid from the master cylinder. Raise the vehicle and secure it on jackstands. Remove the wheel.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the brake hose from the support bracket. Disconnect the brake hose end that is attached to the support bracket. Disconnect and remove the outer break pad retaining clip. Disconnect the brake caliper. Disconnect the inner and the outer brake pads.

  3. 3

    Using mechanic's wire suspend the caliper from the frame. Ensure that the caliper does not hang from the brake hose. This may damage the hose. Remove the brake pads from the caliper

  4. 4

    Using a C-clamp, compress the caliper piston into the caliper bore. Install the Inner brake pads. Install the outer brake pads. Apply a small layer of anti-squeal lubricant to the outside of the brake pads.

  5. 5

    Install the brake caliper. Using a torque wrench, torque the bolts to 21-ft. lbs. Reattach the brake hose to the support bracket. Add brake fluid to the master cylinder. Bleed the brakes. Reinstall the wheels. Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery. Start the engine and pump the brakes 3 to 4 times to seat the brake pads. Test drive the vehicle at slow to moderate speeds to ensure that the maintenance was performed correctly.

Tips and warnings

  • The parts needed to complete this maintenance can be purchased from your local automotive parts supply store. Knowthe make, model and year of your vehicle available when you visit the store, they may ask you for this information.

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