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Ford Expedition Brake Disc and Pad Kit

How to Maintain and Care for the Ford Expedition Brake Disc and Pad Kit

Maintaining your Ford Expedition brake disc and pad kit is integral to keeping these key brake components in top operating condition. In this guide, we've listed some key tips you can use to maintain the brake disc and brake pads of your SUV.

  • Make sure that the brake fluid is at recommended levels.

One simple yet effective way to keep the brake disc and pads in good condition is by keeping the brake fluid reservoir full. Although it circulates in a closed loop, brake fluid can still escape from the brake lines. And once it gets too low, it will take more force on the pedals to engage the brakes, which in turn puts additional strain on the brake disc and brake pads. So once the brake fluid inside the reservoir runs low, have it refilled as soon as possible.

  • Check for leaks.

On the other hand, if you find yourself refilling the brake fluid quite often, your truck's brakes may have sprung a leak. There are many causes for leakage in the braking system, although structural damage on the brake lines and other brake components is the common culprit. Check the disc, caliper, hose, and other brake components, and if you suspect damage to these parts have it checked by a professional. In almost all cases, the leaking brake will necessitate the replacement of the damaged component.

  • Bleed the brakes on a regular basis.

Ideally, the brakes should be bled at least once every two years, although this may need to be done sooner if the brake pedal starts to have a spongy feel or if you've installed new rotors of pads. Bleeding the brakes flushes out any air bubbles trapped in the brake lines, as well as rust and other impurities that may have contaminated the brake fluid through damaged or worn brake parts. The Expedition's brakes have a bleeder screw at the rear where you can drain out the brake fluid from.

  • Take note of any noises while braking.

If you hear screeching or grating noises when braking, it may indicate a problem in the brake pads, the brake disc, or both. First, check the condition of the brake pads: most pads nowadays have wear indicators that emit a loud noise whenever the pad's friction material starts to become thin. If the brake pads are still in good condition, check the surface of the brake disc for signs of scratches or other forms of damage.

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  • Mounting the Ford Expedition Brake Disc and Pad Kit: 4 Essential Tips and Tricks

    Replacing the brake discs and brake pads of the Ford Expedition is best done by a professional mechanic, but if you have the skills on hand and the right tools in your garage, you can install these key brake components yourself. In this guide, we'll share some key tips on installing the Ford Expedition brake disc and pad kit.

    Tip #1: Lift the vehicle up, but loosen the lug nuts first.

    Raising your SUV with a hydraulic or scissor jack is essential to removing both the brake disc and pad, but before the wheels get off the ground we recommend loosening its lug nuts first. This is because it will be more difficult for you to loosen the nuts when it is suspended in the air. Take note to only loosen the lug nuts and not completely remove them from the wheel, as detaching them completely may cause the wheel to fall off and result in injury and damage to the vehicle.

    Tip #2: Turn the wheels to make accessing the rear bolts of the caliper easier.

    Turn the wheels all the way to the right for the right front wheel and the all the way to the left for the left wheel. This should allow you to access the two bolts at the back of the caliper with a socket and ratchet without any obstructions. Take note that these two bolts, also known as slider bolts, should be cleaned up and lubricated with grease before they are reinstalled.

    Tip #3: Hold the new brake disc at the edges.

    The surface of the brake disc is highly sensitive to oil and impurities, so make sure not to touch any part except the edges of the disc. Slowly slide the new rotor and the brake pad bracket into place and tighten the bolts by hand to 75 ft-lbs using a socket and ratchet wrench.

    Tip #4: Make sure that the brake pads are installed properly.

    As a rule of thumb, the wear marker, which is a small tab that contacts the brake rotor, is the closest to the rear of the vehicle. The pads should push in easily by hand, although you can use a small rubber mallet to gently tap the pads into their proper seating in the disc.