Ford F-150/F-250: How To Change Disc Brake Pads

You can generally "feel" when your brakes need replacing on your Ford F-150 or Super Duty. This article will show you how to save a lot of money by replacing your disc brake pads by yourself.

By Tad Brunton - October 1, 2014
Contributors: 07FX4Chick

This article applies to the Ford F-150 and the F-250 , F-350 Super Duty (2005-2014).

You can generally “feel” when your brakes need replacing. Either the truck doesn’t stop as fast as it used to or the squeal of the brake-warning indicator tells you your discs are wearing down. That is simply a little metal shim that is between the rotor and the disc that makes a screeching sound when the disc starts getting too thin.

Replacing disc brake pads on your F-150 or F-250 Super Duty is a lot easier than it sounds. You can certainly have a professional garage do it, or you can do it yourself. You just have to decide whether you want to spend the money, or the time in the job.

Materials Needed

  • F-150: 13mm socket wrench, rubber mallet, 8” C-clamp
  • F-250: 17mm socket wrench, C-clamp, 13/16" wrench, flat head screwdriver

Step 1 - Jack up the truck

Truck must be in park and on level ground. Loosen front lug nuts when tires are still touching the ground, then jack tires off the ground, secure it with jack stands, and remove nuts and wheels.

Step 2 - Remove caliper

Using a 13mm socket wrench (for F-150) or a 17mm socket wrench (for Super Duty), unscrew the two bolts behind the caliper and take it off of the rotor. Use the mallet if the caliper sticks to the rotor.

Step 3 - Remove pads

Remove the smaller pad from the caliper and turn the larger one around to face the piston. Install and tighten the C-clamp around the pad and the back of the caliper. Tighten the clamp until cylinder is all the way into the caliper, then remove clamp and dispose of the old pads.

Step 4 - Install new pads

Install new pads on the caliper exactly as the old ones were, with the larger pad resting against the piston. Re-install the caliper on the rotor and tighten the caliper nuts properly. It's always a good idea to have some PB Blaster lubricant handy to lubricate calipers, rotors, and bolts while you are installing the pads.

Step 5 - Replace wheels and go for a drive

Put the wheels back on and tighten the lug nuts appropriately. Start your truck and pump the brakes several times to reset the calipers. You’re ready to go.

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