How to Replace the Brakes on a 2000 Ford Rangerby Grace Mclain
The 2000 Ford Ranger comes equipped with disc brakes. The braking system on the 2000 Ford Ranger is designed to stop the truck by compressing the disc brake pads to the sides of the rotor as the wheel is turning. The friction from the disc brake pads applied to the sides of the rotor is what brings the truck to a safe and complete stop. The disc brake pads must be replaced before the pads wear down to the wear indicators. The rotors also must be either machine-turned or replaced each time the brakes are replaced.
Park your 2000 Ford Ranger on a flat surface and pull out the emergency brake.
Loosen the lug nuts from the passenger side front tire with a lug wrench or tire tool.
Loosen the lug nuts from the driver's side front tire with the lug wrench or a tire tool.
Position a jack under the front of your 2000 Ford Ranger so that the jack is directly below the cross-frame under the engine. Jack the truck up and place a jack stand under both front jacking points. Lower the jack until the Ranger is secure on the stands.
Remove the lug nuts from the driver's side front wheel and pull the wheel off of the hub. Set the wheel on the ground flat to prevent it from rolling.
Locate the brake caliper mounted to the side of the brake rotor. The caliper is the component that houses the brake pads. Position a pry bar between the back of the brake rotor and the outer brake pad. Pry the outer brake pad towards the engine until the caliper cylinder has retracted enough to remove the caliper from the rotor.
Look on the back of the brake caliper and locate the two 15 mm mounting bolts that attach the caliper to the caliper bracket. Loosen and remove the two 15 mm bolts with a 3/8-inch drive ratchet and a 15 mm deep well socket.
Pull the caliper off of the rotor by hand. If the brake caliper is still hard to remove from the rotor, tap the top and bottom of the brake caliper with a rubber mallet until the caliper loosens up. Then pull the caliper off of the rotor.
Tie a small piece of rope around the brake caliper. Then hang the brake caliper onto the nearest steering component behind the wheel hub assembly.
Pull the brake pads out of the brake caliper. Slide the C-clamp into the caliper so that the adjustment rod is facing the caliper cylinder. Compress the caliper cylinder until it is flush with the inside of the caliper cylinder housing. Then unscrew the C-clamp and remove.
Remove any clips and other brake hardware from the brake caliper. Install the new brake pads along with any new clips and other brake hardware. Then untie the rope from the brake caliper and slide the caliper back onto the side of the rotor.
Screw the two 15 mm bolts back into the caliper and tighten down snugly with the ratchet and socket. Put the wheel back onto the hub and screw the lug nuts back on. Tighten the lug nuts until the wheel begins to turn.
Perform the same steps above for replacing the brakes on the front and rear passenger sides and the driver side rear wheels.
Crank your 2000 Ford Ranger and compress the brake pedal in and out a couple of times to seat the new pads to the brake rotor. Then turn off the engine.
Jack your 2000 Ford Ranger up and pull the jack stands out. Lower the Ranger back to the ground and remove the jack.
- "Ford Ranger and Mazda Pick-ups Haynes Repair Manual covering all Ford Ranger models for 1993-2010;" John Haynes; 2010
- When new brake pads are compressed onto worn brake rotors, the result is dangerous and uneven braking. This is why most repair shops highly recommend replacing or having the rotors machine-turned when replacing the brake pads.
Things You'll Need
- Lug wrench
- Jack stands
- Pry bar
- 3/8-inch drive ratchet
- 15 mm deep well socket
- Rubber mallet (optional)
- Small piece of rope
- Replacement pads
- Keep arms and legs out from under the 2000 Ford Ranger when it is sitting on top of the jack 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.