Replacing Ford F150 Front Brake Pads And Rotor

When your brakes start looking like those below you should change them out asap. These pads and rotors were OEM with only around 20,000 miles on them. Looks like one of the pads was defective and it tore up the rotor. You will want some kind of breaker bar to give you more force when removing some of these bolts. Everything is straight forward and there is plenty of room to do the work. Enjoy the tutorial! ford f150 worn brake pads and rotors

Removing Brake Components

1. Once you have the wheel removed begin by removing the caliper bolts (13mm). With the bolts gone, move the caliper out of the way. ford f150 removing the brake caliper

2. If you are changing just the pads then remove the spring clips and slide the pads out. Follow the rest of the article to remove the rotor. ford f150 remove brake pads

3. Next step is to remove the anchor bracket. It's held by two 18mm bolts. ford f150 remove anchor plate

4. If you have a high mileage truck then it's a good idea to remove the slide pins and lightly coat them with some bearing grease. Don't forget to remove the slippers. ford f150 grease the slide pins

Installing The Brake Components

1. You will have to compress the brake piston back into its bore. This tools comes in handy but you may also use a C-Clamp and one of the brake pads to do the same job. ford f150 compress the caliper pistons

2. Install the rotor and then install the anchor bracket. Tighten the bolts to 148 lb-ft.

3. Install the new pads, spring clips, and slippers. I like to apply a little grease to the slippers as well. ford f150 install brake pads

4. Install the brake caliper and tighten the bolts to 47 lb-ft.

5. Install the wheel and tighten the fasteners to 150 lb-ft.


gary 10-13-2013 16:33
these pictures are not from an F150 truck
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Artem Vestsorov 10-13-2013 20:27
Yes, they are. 2004 F150 w/ 4.6L engine.
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Doug Arrington 04-01-2014 00:33
Will those torque values apply to a 2011 F-150 ? Thanks
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Artem Vestsorov 04-01-2014 09:57
For the 2011 F-150 the anchor plate bolts are 184 lb-ft, the caliper guide pin bolts are 27 lb-ft, and wheels should be torqued to 150 lb-ft.
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Doug Arrington 04-02-2014 14:50
What is the thing on the rear brakes that is attached to the caliper bolt and what do I do with it to remove caliper? 2011 F-150
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Artem Vestsorov 04-02-2014 20:54
That is the brake noise damper. Do not twist it off as it may cause it to malfunction. Just remove the whole bolt stud with the noise damper on it using an open ended wrench. The rear caliper bolts should be torqued to 22 lb-ft. Obviously you won't be able to use a torque wrench on the stud so use your own judgment on how much to tighten it.
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Doug Arrington 04-03-2014 00:44
Thanks Artem
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troy 08-24-2014 20:33
will everything be the same if im working on a 98 F250 4x4?
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tim 10-04-2014 17:22
what is the torque spec. for the nut that holds on the rotor?
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dave 06-02-2015 00:12
I can not press the caliper piston back into thecaliper with a c clamp any ideas for me?
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Dave 05-08-2016 15:27
Hey Dave -

A lot of times, when the piston will not compress, it's time to replace the caliper. Had this happen on my 2002 Suburban. Replaced the caliper for about $50. A good indication of a caliper malfunction is if the brake pads on that side of the vehicle are worn down significantly more than the other side.
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Randy 05-28-2016 02:27
So I have a 2011 f- 150 4x4 I did front break pads as I always do same as everyone,
Did a test pedal to insure that I have breaks, and I have a soft pedal ! Do I need to bleed the calaber also?
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