2000 Ford Focus Zx3 Replace the Brake Pads

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The Ford Focus in 2000 came with all around disc brakes which made changing the brakes quite simple for the home mechanic. Changing all four brakes will usually take less than two hours and it only has to be done every three to five years. However, if you hear a grinding sound when the brakes are used, a squealing sound coming from the wheels as you drive, or if the brakes grab when you apply them, it may be time to change them early.

[edit] Tools Used

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Tire iron
Jack
Jack stands
Socket wrench
Rope
C-clamp

[edit] Replace the Brake Pads

  • Loosen all of the lug nuts on the tires you will be removing. Work on the front or the rear at one time--not both.
  • Place the jack underneath the axle of the vehicle and raise the car until the tires are at least 2 inches off of the ground. Set the jack stands underneath the axle. Remove the tires.
  • Unbolt the mounting bracket from the rotor using the socket wrench. Hang the bracket in the wheel well, using the rope, to remove any strain from the brake line on the back of the bracket.
  • Pull the brake pads out of the mounting bracket. They will easily come out of the bracket by hand.
  • Compress the brake caliper cylinder with the C-clamp. The brake caliper cylinder is in the center of the brake caliper mounting bracket. Compress the cylinder until it is flush with the bottom of the mounting bracket.
  • Install the new brake pads by setting them into the slots where the old ones were.
  • Bolt the bracket back onto the rotor with the socket wrench. Place the tire back on and tighten all of the lug nuts down with your fingers, making sure to keep the tire straight. Lower the vehicle and tighten all of the lugs once more with the tire iron.
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