2005 Ford Focus repair

Tiny
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  • 2005 FORD FOCUS
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 27,000 MILES
At 27,000 miles, the depressed brakes begin a signaling 'alarm bell' type sound. And while these Ford Focus brakes are absent of noticeably lessened functional grabbing and stopping, is this an alarm to get busy with some pad replacement? Could they need only a fluid refill? For the novice, how doable is repair accomplishable, more than adequately?
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Thursday, March 26th, 2009 AT 2:44 PM

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Tiny
RICH CRITES
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First check the brake fluid level in the master cyclinder. Located under hood on firewall on driver side. It maybe a signal that the brake pads are getting thin and need to changed. Jack the car up in the front, block your rear wheels. Remove front wheel. There is two blots on the back side of the brake caliper, that need to be removed. Do not let the brake caliper hang by the brake hose. Take a wire or rope and tie-up the caliper out of the way so it will not fall and damage the hose. Remove the brake pads check the rotor for wear, if the rotors have grooves in them, take it to an auto store and get them turned. Then install new pads. You will have to push the piston back into the caliper. Reinstall the caliper and make sure the bolts are tight. Make sure you bleed the brakes. Have one person in the car to push the brake pedal down three times slowly and hold down on the thrid time down. The other person will have a clear plastic bottle with about one inch of brake fluid in the bottom of the bottle, make sure the hose is down in the fluid so you can see if there is bubbles in the bottle. With the brake pedal in the down position, open the bleed screw (located on the back of the caliper) check for bubbles, if there is bubbles close valve and repeat until there is no bubbles in your plastic bottle. Repeat this process on the other wheel. Test drive car slowly to check your brakes.
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 AT 1:08 PM

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