Repairing my Ford Car - Not Another Ford Repair Manual
The first step is to find a suitable safe area to carry out the repair. It should be
level and away from moving traffic. You may wish to cone off the area or use
signage to warn people about the repair you are doing.
DO NOT LEAVE THE KEYS IN THE IGNITION AS THIS COULD
RESULT IN SOMEONE TRYING TO MOVE THE CAR AND CAUSE
SERIOUS INJURY TO BOTH PARTIES.
Once a suitable place has been found, it is time to make the car safe. Apply the
hand brake and place a chock underneath the wheel. If you are working on the
rear then chock the front, vise versa if you intend to work on the front, like we
are, then chock both rear wheels. Look in the Ford owner’s handbook for the
best place to jack up the car.
Once the jack is in place, you need to loosen the wheel nuts. If you have steel
wheels and they are covered with plastic wheel trims remove them and then
undo the wheel nuts. If you have alloys then the wheel nuts will be visible to
the eye. Only loosen them at this point. Once they are slightly loose, jack up the
car until the tire is away from the hard standing.
Remove all the wheel nuts and place them in a safe place. It is time to lift off
the wheel and tire. I always like to place the wheel under the chassis leg as an
extra safety measure.
If the car was to fall, it will go no further than the wheel rim. If you have axel
stands then you may wish to use them. One further tip is to do one side at a
time. You will have the other side as a reference if you forget where a
particular clip or spring my go.
Depending on what year your Ford car was produced, the break caliper will be
held on by either Allen keys or thirteen-millimeter nuts. Once again, check
your Ford owner’s manual to check which one is particular to your model.
Use a flat bar or screwdriver and force back the piston that pushes the brake
pads on to the disc. Remember to unscrew the break fluid reservoir cap. This
will allow any trapped air to escape.