How to Replace a Caliper in a Ford Explorer

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The Ford Explorer is a large vehicle that some drivers may handle roughly. Parts like brake calipers may inevitably need replacing. Have a trained expert work on your Explorer for such maintenance, or consult with one before undertaking it yourself.

Raise and support the vehicle on the jack stand on the end you need. Loosen the lug nuts and remove the wheel.

Remove the caliper slide pin bolts. Lift the caliper off of the anchor plate. Suspend the caliper with wire or position it on a frame member. Don't let it hang by the brake hose.

Disconnect the brake hose from the caliper and plug the hose. Remove the caliper from the rotor.

Place the caliper over the brake pads and align the slide pin mounting holes. Install the slide pin bolts, tightening them to 24 foot pounds.

Connect the brake hose to the caliper. Use new washers on the bolt and tighten it to 26 foot pounds.

Reinstall the wheel and tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot pounds. Lower the vehicle.


  • Start the engine after installation and apply the brake pedal several times until it feels firm. Then test the brakes on the road.


  • Never dry clean any brake parts, as they can contain asbestos fibers. Run a fine mist of water on the parts and wipe with a damp cloth. Dispose of the cloth in an impermeable container.

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