Normal wear and tear on trucks eventually takes its toll; many times this affects the brake rotors. Save time and money by replacing your own brake rotors, by reading this post you will learn how to change brake rotors on a ford f-150.
This is a task that anyone with minimal auto repair experience can perform using basic auto maintenance tools.
Steps to Change Brake Rotors on a Ford F-150
- Open the hood of your truckLocate the master cylinder and remove the cap. Remove half of the brake fluid and replace the cap.
- Use the vehicle jack to raise the side of the car you will be working on.. Remove the wheel studs with a lug wrench. Use a ratchet to remove the brake caliper and a socket wrench to remove the bolts behind the caliper.
- Locate and remove the grease cap.. You’ll find this on the wheel hub, then use pliers to remove the cotter pin.
- Remove the screw nut with a socket wrench. Once this is done, you will be able to remove the bearing cap with a screwdriver.
- Remove the wheel bearing and then the wheel rotor. Both can be removed using only the hands.
- Fit the new rotor and replace the components you removed in the previous steps. After putting in the new rotor, replace the wheel bearing and then the bearing retainer. Replace the spindle nut and do the same with the cotter pin.
- Apply new grease to the grease cap and put it back on the wheel. Put the wheel back on and tighten the lug nuts to secure it in place. Repeat this process for the rest of the wheels.
Now that you have learned how to change the brake rotors on a Ford F-150 4X4, there are a few tips you should follow:
- A turkey shear works well to remove the brake fluid in Step 1.
- After removing the caliper, tie it to the strut so it doesn’t hang in the air while you work on the rotor.
- Make sure your truck is securely fastened in place when doing any work on it.