Ford Crown Victoria /
Mercury Grand Marquis
Front Brake Rebuild

Removal and Replacement Instructions
(steps 11-20 of 20)

  1. Before removing the old brake pads you need to re-compress the brake caliper's piston. This is easier if you do it before removing the old brake pads. First remove, the brake master cylinder cap/cover. Lay a clean rag across the open top to both keep debris out and help catch any "splashing" that may occur when you compress the brake caliper piston. Using a brake spreader or a large C-clamp (we used a C-clamp), re-compress the piston by slowly pushing the inner pad IN. If you are using a C-clamp place one end of the clamp on the inner brake pad and the other end on a flat place on the rear of the caliper. Once complete, replace the brake master cylinder cap/cover and secure it.

  1. Once the brake piston is re-compressed, remove the old brake pads from the caliper. They simply "snap" out (for the most part). At this point your caliper should look something like the one in the picture below.

  1. Install new brake pads and make sure they "snap" into place.

NOTE: There are a number of different types of brake pads and wide-range of opinions on which ones are "best". As with choosing rotors, what's "best" for your car depends on how you drive and whether you use your car for heavy-duty service (e.g., towing, police pursuit, running moonshine, etc.). The two most common brake pad technologies available for these cars are semi-metallic & ceramic. Ceramic pads are often perferred in that they generally generate less dust than other pad types (the dark grey powder that covers your front wheels) and they are quieter (less sqealing) than some semi-metallic and metallic brake pads. We chose to pay a little extra and use ceramic pads on our test car. So far, the brakes on our test car are as quiet as a mouse and totally smooth.

  1. Re-install the brake caliper over the rotor and re-install the two 18mm caliper mounting bolts.

  1. Remove any lugnuts your may used to secure the rotor during the re-assembly process.
  2. Re-install the wheel and partially tighten the lugnuts.
  3. Lower the jack to allow the front wheel to come in contact with the ground but do not lower the car completely.
  4. Tighten all lugs nuts using an alternating (star) pattern.
  5. Lower the car and remove the jack.
  6. Repeat the process for the other side of the car. If you have any problems or run into any issues please refer to the Troubleshooting section for this repair.

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