How to Replace Ford F350 Brake Padsby Thomas West
Ford’s F350 pickup is rated at 1 ton, making it the choice for owners who need extra payload capacity over the three quarter or half ton F-Series trucks. Ford 1-ton trucks use disc brakes on the front and rear wheels. The brake caliper presses the brake pads against the brake rotor to slow or stop the vehicle. Over time brake pads with wear down or glaze over from overheating of the brake rotor, necessitating replacement of the pads to restore full-braking capability.
Work on one wheel at a time for safety. Place wheel chocks under each side of the tire diagonally opposite of the wheel you want to raise to begin your brake pad replacement. Raise your truck with a floor jack until the wheel is off of the ground that you wish to start with. Place a jack stand under the frame rail and lower the floor jack. Open the hood and turn the wing nut that holds the tire iron in place in a counterclockwise direction. Lift the tire iron from the brackets on the radiator support.
Place the hooked end of the tire iron into the slot at the base of the hub cap. Twist the iron the remove the hub cap. Use the other end of the iron to loosen and remove the lug nuts in a counterclockwise direction. Remove the wheel from the hub and roll it aside. Repeat this step for all wheels needing brake pad replacement.
Remove the master cylinder cap from the master cylinder reservoir, which is mounted on the driver’s side firewall under the hood.
Remove the two upper brake caliper holding bolts from the inside of the caliper with a 15 mm wrench turned in a counterclockwise direction. Lift the upper brake caliper from the brake rotor and lay it upside down on top of the rotor. Do not stretch the rubber brake line still attached to the caliper.
Pry the brake pads outward from each side of the brake rotor with a flat blade screwdriver and place them aside. Push a new brake pad onto each side on the rotor, with the lining facing the brake rotor, until the holding clips snap the pad into place.
Place one of the old brake pads into the upper caliper against the two pistons. Place a “C” clamp over the brake pad and the outside of the caliper housing. Tighten the “C” clamp until the pistons are pushed back into the caliper housing. Remove the “C” clamp and the old brake pad.
Push the upper caliper back over the rotor. Line up the mounting holes and tighten the holding bolts with a 15mm wrench turned in a clockwise direction. Replace the wheel and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Push the hub cap back into position until it snaps into place.
Repeat steps 3 through 7 for all wheels needing brake pad replacement. Check the level of the brake fluid in the master cylinder reservoir. Remove excess fluid from the reservoir (created when pushing the brake caliper pistons back in) with a syringe and replace the cap. Close the hood after replacing the tire iron. Pump the brake pedal a few times to seat the new brake pads before driving the vehicle.