How do you change the back brakes on a 2000 Ford Mustang?

I think the rear brakes on my Ford Mustang are in need of changing. I’m familiar with how the car works and I’ve done a lot of my own maintenance for the past few years, so I feel pretty confident that I can do it with proper instruction. How do you install new back brakes?

Answer
While changing the back brakes on a 2000 Ford Mustang may sound intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. If you’re comfortable making adjustments and repairs under the hood, this should be a piece of cake. And if you aren’t, that’s okay—seek the help of a mechanic and save yourself the headache and possible damage.
You will need:
  • Jack stands
  • Work gloves
  • A rag
  • Lug wrench or tire iron
  • 12-mm wrench
  • 15-mm wrench
  • Caliper piston tool
  • Breaker bar
  • Large socket wrench
  1. Elevate the car on jack stands.
  2. Remove the wheel you’ll be working on with the lug wrench or tire iron.
  3. Remove the two 12-mm bolts located next to the accordion boots, which house the caliper sliders.
  4. Lift the caliper away to reveal two 15-mm bolts.
  5. Use a caliper piston tool to loosen the piston.
  6. Use your breaker bar and socket wrench and remove the two 15-mm bolts.
  7. Put new pads in place of the old ones, replace the bracket, and reinstall the two 15-mm bolts.
  8. Replace the caliper onto the bracket and reinstall the 12-mm bolts onto the sliders.
  9. Put the wheel back on, repeat the process with the other rear wheel, and you’re done!
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Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Nov 03, 2021
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