How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Ford Taurus

by Jule PamplinUpdated November 07, 2017
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Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Lug wrench

  • 13 mm socket and ratchet

  • Flat screwdriver

  • C-clamp

  • Brake grease

  • Brake pads

  • Brake fluid

The Ford Taurus anti-lock braking system depends on properly functioning components to provide the stopping power the driver expects. Worn brake pads will significantly impede the performance of the system and put the driver, the passengers and other motorists in danger of an auto accident. The pads are equipped with wear indicators that rub against the rotors, causing an audible alert. When the "squeal" of the brake pads' wear indicators is noticed, you should replace your brake pads as soon as possible.

Jack up the Ford Taurus and support the vehicle with jack stands.

Remove the lug nuts with the lug wrench and take the wheels from the wheel bolts.

Remove the caliper locking pins with the 13 mm socket and ratchet. Pull the caliper from the caliper bracket and rotor.

Pull the old brake pads straight away from either side of the rotor and their slot in the caliper bracket.

Place an old brake pad against the caliper piston. Place the C-clamp over the old brake pad and the back of the side of the caliper from which the piston extends.

Turn the C-clamp in a clockwise motion to squeeze the piston into the side of the caliper.

Place the new brake pads into their slots in the caliper bracket on either side of the brake rotor.

Place the caliper onto the caliper bracket, surrounding the new brake pads, and replace the caliper locking pins with the ratchet and socket.

Replace the wheels onto the wheel bolts and screw on the lug nuts.

Remove the jack stands from beneath the Taurus and lower the vehicle to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench.

Lift the hood of the Ford and remove the master cylinder cap. The master cylinder is located on the driver's side of the vehicle, near the windshield.

Fill the master cylinder with DOT-3 brake fluid.


For brake pads that are stuck in their slots on the caliper bracket, use a flat screwdriver to pry the pads away from the rotor.

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