How to Replace Brake Pads on a 2005 Ford Escape

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How to Replace Brake Pads on a 2005 Ford Escape
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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

Things you need

  • Lug wrench
  • 2 wheel chocks
  • Floor jack
  • 2 jack stands
  • Dripping pan
  • Brake cleaner
  • Socket set
  • Caliper tool
  • Torque wrench

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Rinse out the caliper's interior with brake cleaner. Generously lubricate the slide pins with white lithium grease.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    Bolt the left-front caliper to the bracket with the socket set.

  8. 8

    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.

  9. 9

    Move the wheel chocks to the right-front tire and then repeat steps 1 through 8 on the Escape's back brakes.

  10. 10

    Tighten the Escape's lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds using your torque wrench.

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