How to Change the Rear Brakes on a Lincoln Town Car

Updated April 17, 2017

The Lincoln Town Car name conjures up images of expensive luxury. However, when it comes to changing the rear brakes on a Lincoln Town Car, you'll find the job is no more expensive that performing the same job on just about any other Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle. The rear brakes wear out at about half the rate as the fronts, so expect to change the rears every other time you replace the fronts. Anyone with basic automotive-repair experience can change the rear brakes on a Lincoln Town Car in about two hours.

Place the wheel chocks at the front and back of the left-front tire to keep the Lincoln from rolling. Turn all the rear lug nuts counterclockwise with a lug wrench until they're hand tight.

Raise the rear with a floor jack. Support the rear on two jack stands, placed under the rear axle next to the spring perches on both sides. Take off the rear lug nuts and wheels by hand and set them out of the way.

Slide the drip tray under the left-rear brake and rinse the brake dust off the rotor and caliper with brake cleaner. Remove the mounting bolts from the caliper with a socket set. Lift the caliper out of the mounting bracket by hand.

Remove the brake pads manually from the caliper. Rinse the caliper pistons and slide pins thoroughly with brake cleaner. Lubricate the caliper slide pins with white lithium grease.

Push the pistons back into the caliper body with the caliper tool. Insert the new brake pads and lower the caliper back into the caliper mounting bracket.

Thread the caliper mounting bolts in by hand and tighten them with your socket set.

Move to the right-rear and repeat steps 3 through 6 on that side.

Reinstall the wheels and lug nuts by hand. Lower the Lincoln off the jack stands and then tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds using a torque wrench. Remove the wheel chocks before driving.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 wheel chocks
  • Lug wrench
  • Floor jack
  • 2 jack stands
  • Drip tray
  • Brake cleaner
  • Socket set
  • Caliper tool
  • Torque wrench
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Allen Moore's career includes awards in poetry and creative fiction, published lyrics, fiction books and nonfiction articles as well as a master certification in automotive service from the Ford Motor Company. Moore is a contributing writer for and various other websites, a ghostwriter for Rainbow Writing and has over a dozen works of fiction currently in print.