How to Adjust Brake Pedal Height in a Ford Explorer

by Editorial Team

The standard model Ford Explorer, first produced in 1994 has undergone several generational changes, but has typically come equipped with a sophisticated anti-lock braking system. However you may find you need to adjust the height of the brake pedal at some point. This is a fairly simple procedure and can be done to correct any unnecessary free play in your brakes.

Step 1

Determine how much free play you actually have in your brake pedal. One common complaint of the Ford Explorer is that the brake pedal is mushy or spongy. What you're looking for is the distance the brake pedal travels when you step on it, before the brakes engage. Press the pedal with your fingers to see how much free travel there is.

Step 2

Look on the right, rear side of the brake pedal, near the top. You should see an adjustable rod that connects to the top of the brake pedal lever.

Step 3

Use either a 14mm- or an adjustable crescent-wrench to loosen the lock nut nearest to the brake pedal. Twist it clockwise, toward the clutch pedal.

Step 4

Adjust the brake pedal height by twisting the booster rod with a pair of pliers. While too much free play will result in an unresponsive brake pedal, too little will cause drag on the brakes. This is somewhat of a hazard in the top heavy Ford Explorer. Turning the rod clockwise will raise the pedal and decrease free play, while turning counter clockwise will give a lower, mushier brake pedal.

Step 5

Tighten the lock nut.

Step 6

Test drive your Explorer over a short distance. Make sure your brake lights are still functioning properly.

Step 7

If you encounter any problems with your braking system, consult a Ford mechanic.

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