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How do you change the front brake pads on a 2002 Ford Ranger?

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2015-07-15 21:11:15
2015-07-15 21:11:15

Jack up the truck and put it on jack stands and then remove the front tires and work on one side at a time in case you get confused you can look at the other. You will need a large 'C' clamp (at least 12 inches)on the bottom of the hub you will see a nut along with a rubber boot there is an identical one at the top of the hub also, open the 'C' clamp and place in around the bottom of the hub covering the nut (with the rubber boot) and squeeze it together with the clamp, this will relieve the pressure when you open the hub. Remove clamp then remove the bolt on the top part of the hub (the one with the rubber boot)the hub will then swing left as if it were on a hinge you may want to support the hub with a piece of wire or a small tie down because the brake line will be attached and you do not want to put too much pressure on it. You now have full access to your front pads, pull the inside pad and the outside pad towards you, you may need a screw drive to pry it out from the rattle clips that they are attached to. Once the old pads are removed simply put the new pads in the same way you took the old ones out making sure they are securley in the rattle clips. Before attaching the hub you MUST compress the 2 round chrome cylinders inside the hub or the hub will not fit over the new pads, the easiest way to do this is to take one of the old pads and place it over both cylinders in the hub then attach the 'C' clamp over the hub and the old pad and squeeze them together until the hub can clear the new pads. tighten up the hub and repeat the same process on the other side. Once you are finished start the truck and pump the brake about 4 or 5 times to get the pressure back up, the first time you press the brake it will go to the floor this is normal since you compressed the cylinders inside the hub, once the pressure is back take it out and see if it stops without any vibration on the steering wheel, if there is vibration you will then have to take off the rotors and get them turned down or replaced.

Im not sure what he was saying..but in simple terms..for a 2 wheel drive..the brake pads are part number MKD 652(brands of benix and Wearever)... jack the truck up..take the wheel off...using a 14mm wrench remove the two bolts holding the caliper onto the caliper bracket...there are two...the caliper will then slide off...you can set it on top of the upper control arm and it will stay...then remove the pads..they just are slid into the caliper bracket...then using a 15mm wrench remove the caliper bracket...then take the rounded dust cap off the end of the spindle/rotor...and remove the cotter pin and crown cover...ad i think it is a 26mm remove the spindle nut and take the washer and outter bearing off...then remove the rotor..then take your new rotor and your packed new bearings and put the bigger one on the back of the rotor with the taper pointing to the fron of the rotor...then put the grease seal in...put the rotor back on the spindle and put the packed smaller outter bearing and put it in with the taper pointing towards the truck and then put the washer on and then the spindle nut...tighten it to 75 ft-lbs and then back off 1/2 turn and then retightern 20 inch-lbs and place the crown cover on and replace cotter pin and then the dust cap...replace the caliper bracket and slide the new brake pads on..then take your c clamp and compress the two pistons on the caliper...they have the rubber boots around them and look like two cups next to each other on the caliper..then slide it back on..tighten the two bolts down and put the tire back on...

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