How to Change the Brake Pads on a 2006 Ford Expedition

by Allen MooreUpdated November 07, 2017
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Items you will need

  • Lug wrench

  • 2 wheel chocks

  • Floor jack

  • 2 jack stands

  • Drip pan

  • Brake cleaner

  • Socket set

  • White lithium grease

  • Torque wrench

The 2006 Expedition is Ford Motor Company’s full-size sport utility vehicle for the ’06 model year. The SUV is a bit larger than the F150 pickup but employs a very similar-sized four-wheel disc brake system. Due to the size of the Expedition, the brake pads endure more punishment than those on smaller vehicles. Even though the Expedition’s pads are larger than normal, they still wear out as often as those on a car. Expeditions also put off excessive brake dust, so make sure to clean the dust away before digging into this job.

Loosen the lug nuts on all four wheels using the lug wrench. Don’t take them off the studs yet, but make sure they’re loose enough to remove by hand when the time comes.

Place the wheel chocks in front of and behind the left-rear wheel. Lift the front end of the Expedition with the floor jack and lower it onto the jack stands after placing the stands under the front frame.

Remove the lug nuts and tires from the front of the Expedition. Move the drip pan under the brake assembly in the right front and thoroughly clean it with brake cleaner spray to remove the brake dust.

Unbolt the brake caliper with the socket set, lift it off the rotor and pull the brake pads out of it by hand. Clean the inside of the caliper using the brake cleaner. Lubricate the caliper slide pins with the white lithium grease.

Force the caliper pistons to retract using the caliper piston tool and then insert the brake pads into the caliper. Place the caliper back over the rotor and then bolt it back down in reverse of how you removed it.

Reinstall the front wheels and lug nuts by hand and then repeat steps three through five on the left front.

Lower the front end off the jack stands. Move the wheel chocks to the front and rear of the left-front wheel. Lift the rear end of the Expedition with the floor jack, place the jack stands under the rear axle near the leaf spring shackles and then lower the SUV onto the jack stands.

Remove the rear lug nuts and wheels by hand.

Perform steps three through five on the right rear and then the left rear of the Expedition.

Reinstall the rear wheels and lug nuts. Lower the Expedition off the jack stands and then tighten all four sets of lug nuts to 140 ft-lbs. using the torque wrench.


It's always a good idea to resurface or replace the brake rotors every time you perform a brake job. While it isn't absolutely necessary to do so, you will ensure the brake pads wear properly through their entire service life by doing so.

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