Machine83 sent me the solutions to replace rear pads on my 2002 Ford Focus and I obtained the Rear caliper piston adjuster but I have had no luck using it. As he explained it had to be turned clockwise which I have done but the piston wont go back is there another solution
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to replace rear pads on a focus,you need to remove the caliper assembly remove both pads you will notice that the caliper piston has a grove, that is where a special tool locates because the caliper has the hand brake incorporated in it and has a thread in the back of the piston you need the tool to put pressure and turn the piston to move the piston down into the bore of the caliper to allow for the extra thickness of the new pads then , make sure that the piston grove is in the right position because the pad locates in that grove so fit pads back into caliper make sure your slides in the caliper are moving freely so you dont get any binding of the pads refit caliper do the same on the other side but the only thing different is that the piston turns opposite ,you will see if you are turning the wrong way the piston will try to turn out of the bore and you need it to turn in .BE VERY CAREFUL when the job is complete and you are ready to test drive the vehicle you need to pump the pedal until you have a full and solid bake pedal, because you need to push out the caliper pistons before you have a solid pedal and then you will need to top up your brake fluid at the master cylinder and your ready to go regards agwbk
remove pads, they just clips on to the caliper and will pop right off with a screwdriver.
There are 2 different kinds of calipers that ford uses. on oine you will be able to take a c-clamp and force the piston back into the caliper. ON the other type you have to have a $10 tool from oriellys. This tool will hook to the backside of the caliper and turn the piston back in. ONce the piston is backed off, clip on new pads, and slide over rotor. Should be 1 pad on each side of the rotor.
there is no need to bleed the brakes unless you loosen lines which you shouldnt have to do.
YOU NEED TO REMOVE THE REAR WHEELS.REMOVE PARKING BRAKE CABLE CLIP FROM CALIPER DISCONNECT PARKING BRAKE CABLE.HOLD THE GUIDE PIN WITH A BACK UP WRENCH AND REMOVE UPPER MOUNTING BOLT FROM THE BRAKE CALIPER.SWING THE CALIPER DOWNWARD AND REMOVE THE BRAKE PADS.TO INSTALL NEW PADS.YOU HAVE TO RETRACT PISTON INTO THE HOUSING BY ROTATING THE PISTON CLOCKWISE.PUT EVERYTHING BACK VISA VERSA.
For front brake pads replacement you need only usually wrench set, inclusive 7 mm allen key also. But for rear brake pads replacement you need obligatory a special caliper piston pressing tool, in order to press back rear caliper piston with parking brake automatic adjustment!!!
For front brake pads. First you must verify yours front brake disc diameter: 280 mm or 288 mm. (On my car y have 288 mm). After that you can buy the brake pads (with wear sensor). For change front brake pads you must raise vehicle, remove wheels, extract the retaining spring of the caliper, and remove the caliper as follow: 1. Do not disconnect the brake hose from the caliper, and do not allow the caliper to hang by the brake hose! 2. Remove top and bottom caps (on back side of the caliper) for access to guide pins, then unbolt and remove them from the brake carrier. Remove the caliper. 3. Now you must thoroughly clean the brake calipers (free of grease). 4. Remove outer brake pad from brake carrier. 5. Pull inner brake pad out of brake caliper piston. 6. Check up the brake fluid level on the reservor, and emptying if neccessary! 7. Push piston back into brake caliper housing. 8. Install inner brake pad (with expanding spring) in brake caliper piston. (Arrow marked on pad - if exist, must point in direction of brake disc rotation when vehicle is moving forward). 9. Install outer brake pad into brake carrier. 10. Bolt brake caliper housing to brake carrier using two guide pins. Tightening torque is 25 Nm. 11. Install both caps. 12. Insert retaining spring into brake caliper housing. Important: Depress the brake pedal firmly several times while the car is stationary so that the brake pads adjust to their normal operating positions!!! Check brake fluid level and top up if neccessary!!! Please Rate my Response! Thanks!
Jack up car, remove wheel. There are two bolts that hold the caliper on. Remove these. Caliper comes off, take old pads out. There is a special tool to compress the piston back into the caliper (do not use a C Clamp on the rears.) Put new pads back on, re-install the caliper, and put the wheel back on. Pump the brake pedal until it is firm. Done.
With rear brakes the caliper piston must screwed in. It usually has a parking brake mechanism that has to screw out as the pad wears down. When you install a new fat pad, the piston won't retract with normal pressure of a clamp but must be screwed back in on the parking brake screw. This can be done with a long nose pliers but tools are made just for the purpose. I hope this helps.
There is actually a special tool for pushing the piston back, you could try and put some force on the piston but at the same time you have to turn the piston because the hand brake works of there aswell and there is some thread inside that keeps on adjusting the caliper piston as the pads waer down.
Take special care not to damage the calliper rubbers when turning the piston
You will need a special socket which is square and has a small prong at each corner. That will screw the piston down to the the stop. As to getting the caliper off buy an inexpensive shop manual which will show the procedure with pictures, it is simple and once the pistons are seated into the caliper with the adapter I described you are home. I got my socket adapter at a neighborhood auto parts store. Don't forget to bleed your brake fluid.