Front Brake Pad Change on Mustang
how to change front brakes on a mustang
The Cobra front brakes by PBR are pretty simple and the pads are very easy to change.
First I raised the wheel up and remove the tire. Used a jack stand to make sure it was safe to work on.
Removing the caliper
To remove the caliper you will need to remove the E-clip off the pin located on the bottom of the caliper
Use a screw driver to pry off the E-clip or use a pair of needle nose pliers. To gain better acess, push the pin all the way in.
Once the E-clip is removed and you pull the pin out, you can push the caliper up. You may have to push up on the springs at the bottom of the pads near the retaining pin to clear the bracket.
I normally set the caliper on something so it does not hang by the brake line. You can also use wire to hang the caliper off a spring coil. Watch the paint though.
Removing the pads
The the inboard pads are retained by the springs and simply presses into the pistons. On the outboard the springs press into the caliper.
You should be able to push one side and once it starts coming off the other side will follow.
If it is tight you may need to pry it off with a screwdriver, be careful because the red paint will chip.
NOTE:Something you might ant to check while here is the ABS sensor for wheel movement. I believe it is magnetic and you will find metal ships covering it. I like to remove those while I have access to it.
Installing the pads into the caliper
To install the pads press them into place.
Note:On the OME inboard pads, that fit against the pistons, there is a piece of insulation on the pad and also two small round ones that fit inside of the retention springs. This insulation is there to help keep from heating up the brake fluid in the caliper. If the neighbor Vern stops by make sure he does not swap the pads on you and you end up taking it apart again.
To seat the pads into the caliper I used a ViseGrip clamp, it is padded and protects the caliper and pads from damage.
NOTE: Just to be safe when compressing the pistons back into the caliper, instead of forcing the fluid backwards through the ABS unit and the Master Cylinder, first install a hose on the bleed screw, so it can drain into a jar and then loosen the bleeder. This way you are just pushing the fluid out instead of backwards through the system. Don't forget to tight the bleeder screw after the pistons have been seated.
Forcing the fluid back through the ABS unit can damage some types of systems. I was not able to verify that ours would be damaged but why take the chance.