how to install front disc breaks


Asked by Jun 12, 2013 at 06:04 PM about the 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

first time changing breaks can someone help

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Lift the car with a floor jack and set the frame on jack stands. Remove the lug nuts and pull the wheels off. Locate and remove the brake calipers. The calipers are U-shaped parts that grip the rotors on the exteriors of the wheel hubs. Hang a wire hanger from the frame of the car. Unbolt the calipers with a wrench and hang them from the wire hanger. Do not let the calipers dangle from the brake line, or the brake line may be damaged. Remove the pads, anchor plates, the guide pins and the guide pin boots from the calipers. Look real good at the guide pins and boots for wear and replace them if they are worn. Reassemble the caliper assemblies with new anchor plates, bolts and new brake pads. Torque the bolts to 118 ft-lbs. Examine the discs or rotors for cracks, gouges and unevenness between different areas. If there is damage or wear, pull the retention ring off and remove the rotor. Put a new rotor on and place a new retention ring on the rotor to hold it on. Bolt the calipers back onto the wheel hubs and mount the wheels. Torque the lug nuts to 100 ft-lbs. Lower the car. Repeat on the other side of the car

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