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    WHAT TOOLS ARE NEEDED TO CHANGE FRONT BRAKE PADS ON A 2001 FORD EXPLORER

    WHAT TOOLS ARE NEEDED AND HOW DO YOU DO IT

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    jack up vehicle and put a jack stand under it (dont trust the jack to hold it up, get something solid under it at the frame) lug wrench to remove tire (lossen nuts before you jack it up all the way off the gound or someone will have to push on the brakes) , probable large 3/8 allen head (two bolts that hold the caliper to the vehicle with heads on the backside of the caliper) (you see the bolts, feel the backside of them and you'll feel the allen head hole) to loosen calipers(calipers are the big heavy steel things that hold the pads) (rotors are the big round steel shiny things the pads grab, the disc)  (may need to tap the wrench with a hammer), wrench for bleeder valve prob. 1/4 or 5/16, a clamp to squeeze calipers open when you open the bleeder valve (after you tap the caliper off you need to squeeze the piston either by hand or with a hand pump type of clamp so you can get the new pads to clear the rotor sides by losening the bleeder valve thus releaving the pressure on them), new pads, put new pads in place and put back on rotor, tighten allen bolts (tight, may need  hammer to tap it good and tight), fill brake fluid reservoir, someone pump up brakes while someone bleeds out air from the bleeder valve furthest from the res. (put a tube on the bleeder valve and run in to a container to catch fluid, or something under it to keep it from making a mess, like rags) (hold pedel down until valve is shut, then pump up again and hold down pedel and lossen valve, repeat until no air left in line) then the other side, when you have brakes that dont feel spongy put the tires back on. You may have to bleed the brakes from the right rear, leaf rear, right front, left front but with newer vehicle they should be split for front and rear because the front does more work, check at the reservoir, the master cylinder the below the res. to see if lines for frt and rear run out of two different places. Wear old clothes because it's not clean work. try not to breath any brake dust. Dont touch the rotors any  more than necesary, rotors dont like oil/grease. dont gouge the new pads getting them back in place. Calipers are heavy, dont let the weigh hang on the brake line/hose and dont get a twist in it when you put in on. Now go some fun :)



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