The MG TF is a sporty two-seat roadster produced by MG from 2002 to 2005. A revival of the original TF model made from 1953 to 1955, the modern TF uses disc brakes on all four wheels. The semi-metallic pads wear down over time. MG TF owners should replace these pads before they wear down to the metal backing. Installing the TF's brake pads is a straightforward job.
Things you need
Caliper piston retracting tool
Park the vehicle in a flat and level spot. Open the bonnet and disconnect the negative terminal cable from the battery. Use a turkey baster or similar device to remove approximately half of the brake fluid from the master cylinder fluid reservoir.
Use a lug wrench to loosen the wheel lugs without removing them. Raise the vehicle with a floor jack and support it with jack stands placed underneath. Finish removing the lugs and set them aside in a safe place.
Grasp the wheel with both hands and pull it away from the wheel hub. Locate the lower guide pin bolt on the back of the caliper and remove it with a socket wrench. Lift the caliper upward to expose the brake pads.
Pull the old brake pads away from their cradle on the caliper carrier. Use a caliper piston retracting tool to screw the piston inside the caliper. Apply a thin coat of anti-squeal compound to the back of the new brake pads and insert them into the cradle on the caliper bracket.
Lower the caliper over the bracket and new pads. Reinsert the lower guide pin bolt. Use a torque wrench to tighten the bolt to 33 foot-pounds. Repeat the procedure to replace the brake pads on the other wheels.
Mount the wheels onto the wheel hub and hand-tighten the wheel lugs into place. Remove the jack stands and lower the vehicle to the ground. Torque the wheels to 51 foot-pounds with the torque wrench.
Reconnect the negative terminal cable to the battery. Locate the brake master cylinder reservoir and check the fluid level. Fill the reservoir to the "MAX" fill line with brake fluid if necessary. Enter the vehicle and pump the brakes five to six times in order to properly set the new pads in place.
Things you need
- Lug wrench
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Socket wrench
- Caliper piston retracting tool
- Torque wrench