How to Change the Brakes on a 1999 Ford Taurusby Grace Mclain
The 1999 Ford Taurus comes equipped with front and rear disc brake pads. The disc brake pads are designed to stop the Taurus by applying to the front and rear facing of the brake rotor while the wheel is turning. The friction from the brake pads being applied to the rotor facings is what makes the wheels stop turning and bring the Taurus to a stop. Replace the brake pads when they have worn down to the wear indicators that are located inside of each pad, which will emit an audible squeal when they are uncovered.
Park the the 1999 Ford Taurus in a safe location that has a level surface.
Loosen the lugs from both front wheels with a lug wrench or a tire tool.
Slide the jack under the cross frame that is located under the engine. Jack the front of the Taurus up and position a safety stand under the frame on both sides. Lower the Taurus to the top of the safety stands and leave the jack under the cross frame.
Unscrew the lugs from both front wheels. Pull both front wheels off and set the wheels down flat.
Move to the front driver-side wheel and locate the small opening at the top of the brake caliper. Position the pry bar between the back side of the brake rotor and the outer brake pad. Pry the outer brake pad against the caliper cylinder until the cylinder retracts enough to loosen the caliper's grip on the rotor.
Locate the mounting pin bolts on the back of the brake caliper. There is one lower pin bolt and one upper pin bolt. Remove both pin bolts by turning the bolts counterclockwise with the 1/2-inch drive ratchet and a socket. Pull the pin bolts out of the brake caliper.
Remove the brake caliper from the side of the brake rotor. If the caliper is still too hard to remove from the caliper, use the pry bar to pry the bottom part of the caliper off and then pull the caliper off the brake rotor.
Tie a small piece of rope around the brake caliper. Then, tie the brake caliper to the closest steering component behind the wheel hub assembly.
Pull the inner brake pad out of the holding clip inside of the brake caliper. Then, position the jaws of the large channel-lock pliers over the outer brake pad and the caliper housing. Compress the outer brake pad with the pliers until the caliper cylinder has fully retracted inside of the caliper housing.
Pull the outer brake pad out of the holding clip. Then, position the replacement pads inside of each holding clip inside of the brake caliper.
Remove the rope from the caliper and the steering component. Place the brake caliper back on the side of the brake rotor. Screw the two pin bolts back into the caliper and tighten with the ratchet and socket.
Put the wheel back on along with the lug nuts. Tighten the lug nuts tight with the lug wrench or the tire tool. Move to the front passenger side, rear passenger side and rear driver side wheels and follow the preceding directions for replacing the brake pads.
Crank the 1999 Ford Taurus and pump the brake pedal a few times to set the new pads to the sides of the brake rotor. Turn the engine off.
Jack up the Taurus and remove all of the safety stands. Lower the Taurus to the ground and slide the jack out.
- "Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable Haynes Repair Manual for 1996 thru 2005"; John Haynes; 2006
- When new brake pads are compressed to worn and grooved brake rotors, it causes dangerous and uneven braking. Always have the brake rotors turned or replaced each time that the brake pads are changed.
Things You'll Need
- Tire tool
- Safety stands
- Pry bar
- 1/2-inch drive ratchet
- 1/2-inch drive socket kit
- Large channel-lock pliers
- Replacement brake pads
- Use caution when working under a vehicle that is sitting on safety stands.
Grace Mclain has been writing professionally since 1998. Her articles have appeared on eHow.com, Answerbag.com and LIVESTRONG.COM, and she specializes in automotive and business topics. McIain has a professional writing certificate from JB Hunt in Little Rock, Ark.