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How to Change the Front Brake Pads on a 2002 Windstar

by Robert Good

The Ford Windstar is a full-size minivan with a V6 engine. The front brakes on the Ford Windstar are located behind the wheel, connected to the brake rotor inside the brake caliper. The front brake pads inside the brake caliper are held into place on the brake caliper by two metal retaining clips on the right and left rear side of the brake pad.

1

Remove the lug nuts on the left front tire using the tire iron. Place the lug nuts where you will not lose them. Raise the front left side of the Ford Windstar using the jack and rest the front end onto jack stands. Pull the front left tire off of the frame of the Ford Windstar and lay the tire aside flat on the ground.

2

Remove the securing nut on the right and left outer side of the brake caliper using the ratchet set. Place the securing nuts in the same place as the tire lug nuts. Pull upward on the brake caliper to remove it from the brake rotor.

3

Locate the two metal retaining clips on the right and left side of both brake pads inside the brake calipers. Pry the two metal retaining clips away from the caliper to release the the brake pads from the caliper.

4

Pull the brake pads from the brake caliper and set them aside. Inspect the brake caliper for any visible damages. Cracks, wear and fluid leaks are all bad signs and will need attention immediately.

5

Insert the brake tool into the brake caliper. Rest the metal plate on the opposite side of the metal piston and twist the handle to push the metal piston onto the caliper. Insert the new brake pads into the brake caliper.

6

Replace the caliper to the rotor. Replace the securing nuts to the right and left side of the caliper to secure it to the rotor. Replace the front left tire to the frame. Use the jack to remove the jack stands and lower the front left side of the Ford Wind star to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts using the tire iron.

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About the Author

Living in Tucson, Ariz., Robert Good has been writing from 2003 on a wide variety of subjects ranging from sports, gardening and cooking to auto repair, home maintenance and travel. Good holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of the State of New York.

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