The 2005 Ford Escape is equipped with four-wheel disc brakes for better control and brake performance than earlier vehicles, which had combination drum/disc brake setups. While disc brake systems are self-adjusting, which leads to longer intervals between brake jobs, the pads still wear out eventually. Ford Motor Company recommends replacing the pads immediately once they have worn below a thickness of 3mm to avoid brake rotor damage. Basic auto-repair skill is a prerequisite for performing this job.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Lug wrench
- 2 wheel chocks
- Floor jack
- 2 jack stands
- Dripping pan
- Brake cleaner
- Socket set
- Caliper tool
- Torque wrench
Loosen the Escape's front lug nuts with your lug wrench. Shove the wheel chocks against the front and back of the left-rear wheel.
Jack the front of the Escape up with the floor jack. Support the front end on jack stands. Remove the Escape's front lug nuts and wheels by hand.
Shove the dripping pan under the Escape's left-front brake assembly. Wash away the brake dust from the rotor and caliper surfaces with brake cleaner.
Remove the caliper mounting bolts with a socket set. Pick the caliper up by hand and lift it out of the mounting bracket. Remove the old pads manually and throw them away.
Rinse out the caliper's interior with brake cleaner. Generously lubricate the slide pins with white lithium grease.
Push the pistons back into the caliper body with the aid of a caliper tool. Insert the Escape's new brake pads and lower the caliper back into the mounting bracket.
Bolt the left-front caliper to the bracket with the socket set.
Slide around to the passenger side and repeat steps 3 through 7 on the right-front brakes. Put the Escape's front wheels and lug nuts on manually. Lower the front end with the floor jack.
Move the wheel chocks to the right-front tire and then repeat steps 1 through 8 on the Escape's back brakes.
Tighten the Escape's lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds using your torque wrench.
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