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Brake pad and disc replacement Ford Fiesta Mk6
For you to be able to take on the job of brake pad and disc replacement on your Ford Fiesta Mk 6 you should be a competent home mechanic, or certainly one who is prepared to have a go and owns some basic tools to do the job successfully. If you have done this type of job before you should be fine so read on.
Know your limits.
If any part of this article fills you with dread and anxiety don't worry about it as you can always get a suitably qualified technician to do the job for you. It is very important that you understand what your limitations are and don't step too far outside of your abilities and comfort zone.
When working around or under vehicles you must keep yourself safe and follow a few easy to follow rules.
- Secure the vehicle using handbrake and wheel chocs
- Support using axle stands
- Add extra support with a bottle jack or hydraulic jack
- Keep work area tidy
- Wear protective equipment where needed, gloves, goggles masks
Where needed have a helper around for support and extra safety.
Before you begin.
Before you begin, make sure you watch the video below and make a note of the tools that will be needed. If this is your first attempt at this type of job, make sure you have sufficient time to do the job and take care at every stage. Taking things slowly will allow you to avoid making costly mistakes. Keep in mind the reason why you are doing this yourself is to save money instead of involving labour costs at a garage. Making mistakes could end up costing you more in the long run. Assess all risks as you go and you shouldn't go far wrong.
Doing the job yourself will give you great satisfaction and stand you in good stead for future jobs that you undertake. Building confidence is the name of the game. If you are a regular DIY home mechanic then you are probably just looking for the correct format of how to do the job. Often just having some clarity helps knowing what order to tackle the stages in is all that is needed.
You will be working around the car as well as underneath so make certain that you take all precautions necessary. Make sure you understand the points listed above and follow them to make sure you are totally safe at all times. If you are at all unsure of what to do you must consider having a qualified professional take on the job for you. I will be reminding you of this throughout the article. Understanding what you can and can't realistically do will ensure things are kept safe. Taking this attitude will not only keep you safe but will also keep your car free of unnecessary damage.
Front discs and pads replacement.
Tools you will need.
Listed below are the tools you are likely to need for the job of replacing the front pads on your Ford Fiesta Mk 6.
- Wire brush
- Soft brush
- W.D 40 spray
- Brake cleaner spray
- Anti-squeal paste
- Copper grease
- Spanner 13 mm
- Wheel impact socket 17 mm
- Torque wrench
- Caliper wind back tool
- Crow bar or pry bar
- wheel chocs
If you lack some of the required tools, such as a caliper wind back tool, it is well worth the expense for future use. If you don't want to buy them you may be able to hire them from a tool hire store for a low daily rate. If you keep the car long enough you may be doing the same job again and will justify the expense paid out.
Removal and refitting.
Removal and refitting.
As usual in my articles I will give you a step by step guide to follow just to be sure as for whatever reason the video might not play. It would be a shame for you not to be able to complete the job just because the video doesn't work. Here goes.
- Open bonnet and remove brake fluid cap
- Slacken wheel nuts while vehicle on ground
- Jack vehicle up and remove road wheel
- Wire brush calipers and spray caliper slide nuts with W.D.40 or similar
- Undo caliper casing nuts and remove moving caliper clear and tie up safe
- Prize out the old brake pads
- Now remove caliper body by undoing back nut
- Remove worn disc from hub
- Clean and spray copper grease before fitting
- Fit new disc
- Clean up caliper slides prior to refitting
- Refit caliper body
- Wind back caliper and spray before with W.D.40 to release piston
- Fix new pads in place and refit caliper front body
- Spray discs with brake cleaner and wipe off excess
- Tighten all nuts then fix road wheel in place
- Repeat on other side
- Check brake fluid level and refit cap
Make sure before you road test the car that you do a static brake test to position the pistons in the calipers since winding the caliper pistons back in the body of the caliper. 3 or 4 pumps of the foot brake should do this or until resistance is felt at the top of the pedal stroke. The pedal should feel solid and not spongy.
Ford Fiesta brake parts are very popular and readily available from most automotive dealers at reasonable prices. There are a many manufacturers of aftermarket parts, the most popular being Bosch and Brembo. Buying from motor factors will prove to be a cheaper option. Alternatively, if you want Ford genuine parts, then you can expect to pay a premium price from the main dealers.
Doing the job yourself will save costly labour charges on top of the higher prices a main dealer will charge. Plus, you get the satisfaction of a job well done. As you see from the video tutorial it really isn't such a big job if you don't mind getting your hands dirty.
It really is important that you keep a regular check on the condition of your brake pad wear. Regular weekly checks of your brake fluid should be carried out. You should do this at the same time as your weekly fluid and oil checks. Remember also to check the condition of your tyres, in terms of tread depth, condition of side wall, as well as the pressure. The minimum tread depth in the UK is 1.6 mm. Running tyres at the wrong pressure can result in uneven wear and may well limit the life of the tyre. This will have an adverse affect on your bank balance as you will be purchasing new ones as a result. Check and inflate to correct pressure for your vehicle. The tyre pressures will be in your handbook supplied with the vehicle.
Once the parts have been put back on the car and the road wheels secured you should to road test the vehicle. Before moving the car you will need to prime the brake pedal by pumping it up and down 3 to 4 times to pressure the system up until resistance is felt at the top of the pedal stroke. That way you know that the piston has pushed the pads close to the new disc ready to be used.
Be cautious for a few hundred miles after changing as your new discs and pads need to be bedded in and will not be 100% effective immediately. Planning ahead and starting braking earlier will assist this. Try not to brake suddenly until pads are run in. The new discs will look like dull aluminium initially but will turn very shiny once they are working to the optimum.
If all has gone well then you have completed the job successfully, well done !
How do you feel it went?
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learning by doing makes far more sense than simply reading about it.
— Steve Mitchell
Great job AutoDoc
Thanks to AutoDoc for producing the high quality video tutorial included in this article. I am sure you will agree that their step by step approach makes understanding how to approach the job very easy.
How did you find us?
For you to have found this article I would think that you will have done a Google search. This is the way I usually find the things I want on the internet and is the first place to go. I find recently that You-Tube is becoming a much more effective search engine and you can find all manner of how to guides like the one I have produced here for you.
Why produce this type of article?
Good question Steve. The reason I produce this type of guide is to help my readers. More and more now I am writing to a specific audience and I find that I can help you by giving value in what I do. Being able to provide this information is very satisfying and I am pleased to help wherever I can. The name of the game is for you to save money by doing the jobs yourself and learning new skills.
Learning by doing is the way to go.
Thank you !
As always thank you so much for finding this article online, it is very much appreciated. I hope I haven't missed anything from this guide, but please feel free to comment below if I have, or just let me know if you have obtained new knowledge as a result of reading and watching. Tell me how you get on if you have a go for yourself. It's always great to receive feedback of any kind. It proves you are reading and doing out there.
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Thanks once again.
Cheers for now.
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