2001 Ford Explorer Repair the Front Brakes
The 2001 Ford Explorer front brakes use a disc type braking system. The brake pads are compressed onto the rotor (disc) by the brake caliper. The compression creates friction between the brake pads and the rotor. The rotor slows down in response. Brake pads wear down over time and require replacement to restore stopping power. Replacing the front brake pads is a repair job that most do-it-yourself mechanics can complete in a few hours.
 Tools Used
|Replacement brake pads|
|Fluid siphon kit|
 Repair the Front Brakes
- Engage the parking brake and install the wheel blocks under the rear wheels. Use a jack to lift the vehicle and install jack stands for additional safety.
- Open the hood and remove the brake fluid reservoir cap. Use a siphon kit and siphon out half of the brake fluid to prevent overflow when installing the new brake pads.
- Loosen the front wheel lug nuts with a lug wrench and remove the wheel to access the brake caliper. Remove the lower brake caliper mounting bolt with a socket wrench and rotate the caliper upward to access the brake pads.
- Remove the old brake pads from the caliper and remove the stainless steel slippers the brake caliper rests on. Use adjustable pliers to compress the brake caliper pistons.
- Install the new brake pads, making sure the tabs fit properly. Install the stainless steel slippers. Slide the brake caliper over the new brake pads until it rests on the wheel hub securely. Install the brake caliper bolt and use a socket wrench to tighten the bolt securely.
- Install the wheel on the hub and tighten the lug nuts using a lug wrench. Remove the jack stands and lower the vehicle slowly until it is resting on the wheels. Remove the wheel blocks. Check to make sure all lug nuts are tight.
- If necessary, fill the brake reservoir with brake fluid to the full level as indicated on the reservoir. Install the cap on the brake reservoir and close the hood. Depress the brake pedal a few times to engage the brake pads before operating the vehicle.
 Tips & Warnings
- Brake pads for the 2001 Ford Explorer must be replaced in pairs. If you replace the front left brake pads, you must also replace the front right brake pads.