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Hi,

I really wasn't able to find any how-to on changing the front pads and rotors for the focus. Where could I find this info or can anyone give me the steps to follow.

Thanks alot,
Marc.
 

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-jack up the car and secure with jackstands
-take off the wheel
-unscrew the two screws on the caliper(hex head, dont remember size off hand).
-pull of the caliper
-the pads are held on by clips. unclip them with some pliers.
-now you are ready for the new pads. you will need to push down on the piston to install the pads. i did it with my hand. with the pads in the caliper, swivel the clip around to secure them.
-now set the caliper aside but dont let it hang from the brake line.
-pull off the rotor and slide the new one on.
-put the caliper back on the rotor
-screw the hex head bolts on
-put the wheel on
-lower the car
-repeat for other side

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-jack up the car and secure with jackstands
-take off the wheel
-unscrew the two screws on the caliper(hex head, dont remember size off hand).
-pull of the caliper
-the pads are held on by clips. unclip them with some pliers.
-now you are ready for the new pads. you will need to push down on the piston to install the pads. i did it with my hand. with the pads in the caliper, swivel the clip around to secure them.
-now set the caliper aside but dont let it hang from the brake line.
-pull off the rotor and slide the new one on.
-put the caliper back on the rotor
-screw the hex head bolts on
-put the wheel on
-lower the car
-repeat for other side

off the top of my head how-to
its 7mm hex...need it to fit a ratchet.
 

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1. It'll be much easier if you loosen the lugnuts before you jack it up.
2. A coat hanger or a big zip-tie will work to hold the caliper up while you're swapping the rotor.
3. If it's time for pads & rotors, plan on bleeding the brake system after it's back together. Your car deserves it!
 

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Also, I'd strongly recommend bleeding the brakes after changing pads and rotors. All four brakes. I got air in my lines when swapping front rotors and pads and only bled the fronts. Big mistake.
 

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-jack up the car and secure with jackstands
-take off the wheel
-unscrew the two screws on the caliper(hex head, dont remember size off hand).
-pull of the caliper
-the pads are held on by clips. unclip them with some pliers.
-now you are ready for the new pads. you will need to push down on the piston to install the pads. i did it with my hand. with the pads in the caliper, swivel the clip around to secure them.
-now set the caliper aside but dont let it hang from the brake line.
-pull off the rotor and slide the new one on.
-put the caliper back on the rotor
-screw the hex head bolts on
-put the wheel on
-lower the car
-repeat for other side

off the top of my head how-to
its 7mm hex...need it to fit a ratchet.
thank you sir!!!
 

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1. It'll be much easier if you loosen the lugnuts before you jack it up.
2. A coat hanger or a big zip-tie will work to hold the caliper up while you're swapping the rotor.
3. If it's time for pads & rotors, plan on bleeding the brake system after it's back together. Your car deserves it!
bleeding the brakes isn't neccessary but if you know how, then do it.
 

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Thank you very much for your help guys. I'll install the new brakes on friday. Also, what do you mean by bleeding the brakes ?? How do I do that and is it really that important ??

Thanks again for your help,
Marc.
 

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bleeding the brakes gets any air bubbles out of the hydraulic system. it's important to keep them running smoothly. may as well go ahead and flush it with fresh fluid while you're at it! Ford HD fluid is rumored to be good stuff for it and it's not much money.
 

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bleeding the brakes gets any air bubbles out of the hydraulic system. it's important to keep them running smoothly. may as well go ahead and flush it with fresh fluid while you're at it! Ford HD fluid is rumored to be good stuff for it and it's not much money.
Except the ford HD fluid shouldn't be used if you don't flush your fluid often. It has poor water absorption and a low wet boiling point.
 
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