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Ford Edge Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
How to change the front disc brake pads on a 2nd generation 2015 to 2019 Ford Edge with the part numbers.

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2017 Edge Front Wheel
Slightly Loosen Lug Nuts
Raise Front of SUV
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and probably also the face-lifted 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 model years of the Ford Edge SUV in changing the front disc brake pads.

Owners of other Ford and Lincoln vehicles such as the Escape, Expedition, EcoSport, Flex, Explorer, Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, Mustang, Taurus, Ranger, Transit Connect, F-150, Endura, C-Max, Kuga, Mondeo, MKZ, Navigator, Aviator, Nautilus and Continental may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A few compatible replacement sets of new front brake pads with their part numbers include the following: Bendix CFC1818, Power Stop Z23-1818, Centric 105.18180, Raybestos MGD1818C, TRW TPC1818, Callahan CPK01061, ACDelco 17D1818C and Monroe CX1818.

The tools and other items needed to complete this procedure include a lug nut wrench, a floor jack, two jack stands, a flat head screwdriver, a pair of pliers, an 11mm hex head socket with a 3/8" drive ratchet or an 11mm Allen key wrench, an "F" clamp and a tube of brake caliper grease.

The first few steps are to drive the vehicle on to a level surface, turn off the ignition and shift the transmission into park.

Then engage the emergency / parking brake and place wheel chocks on both sides of the rear tires to prevent the car from moving.

Slightly loosen the five lug nuts on the front wheel by turning them 1/4 to 1/2 turn in the counterclockwise direction.

Carefully raise the front of the SUV with the floor jack and securely support it with at least two jack stands.

Please do not solely rely on the floor jack to support the vehicle!


Spin Off Five Lug Nuts
5 Lug Nuts Removed
Rotor, Bracket, Caliper
Spin off the five lug nuts in the counterclockwise direction.

Set the lug nuts aside in a safe place.

Carefully remove the front wheel to reveal the caliper, bracket, rotor and suspension.

Some people like to place the wheel and tire under the frame rail of the vehicle as an extra safety measure just in case both the floor jack and jack stands fail.

I like to work on one side of the car at a time to keep three wheels on the ground for extra safety.

Front Brake Caliper
Pry Off Spring Clip
Pull Off With Pliers
Use a flat head screwdriver or a pair of pliers to pull the metal spring clip off the outer edge of the caliper.

Be careful when you remove the spring clip, it might pop off and hit you in the face.

Metal Clip Removed
Plastic Bolt Cover
Remove Dust Cap
Set the spring clip aside in a safe place.

Then pull off the round black plastic dust caps on the caliper bolt covers.

Remove Lower Cap
Hex Head Caliper Bolt
Loosen Clockwise
Set the two dust caps aside in a safe place.

Loosen the top caliper bolt by turning it in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the SUV) with an 11mm hex head socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet or an 11m Allen wrench.

Loosen Bottom Bolt
Spin Out Caliper Bolts
Spin Out Top Bolt
Then loosen the bottom bolt by also turning it in the clockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the SUV) with the 11mm hex socket or Allen wrench.
Top Bolt / Slider Pin
Bottom Bolt / Slider Pin
Two Bolts / Slider Pins
Spin out the two bolts the rest of the way by hand.

The caliper bolts also act as the caliper slider pins.

Set the two combination caliper bolts and caliper slider pins aside in a safe place.

Pull Caliper Out of Bracket
Pry With Screwdriver
Rest Caliper On Rotor
Carefully pull the caliper off the old pads and out of the bracket.

If you have trouble removing a stuck or stubborn caliper, use a large flat head screwdriver to gently loosen the caliper.

Rest the caliper on the rotor or suspend it from the suspension spring with a bungee cord.

Try to avoid stressing, bending, kinking or pulling on the rubber brake fluid hose.

Remove Old Inner Pad
Pry Off Old Outer Pad
Two Caliper Pistons
Pull the old inner brake pad out of the caliper.

The inner brake pad has two sets of metal prongs that hold it in place to the two pistons.

If the old outer brake pad is stuck to the caliper, use the screwdriver to carefully pry it off.

The vibration dampening film (such as CRC Brake Quiet) that the factory applied to the brake pads may have formed a strong adhesive bond (glued) between the old brake pad and the caliper.

Place Pad Against Pistons
Attach "F" Clamp
Brake Fluid Reservoir
Place the outer brake pad (which doesn't have the metal prongs) against the two caliper pistons.

The brake pad will help spread the pressure across the two caliper pistons.

Attach the "F" clamp to the caliper.

Move to the right rear area of the engine bay.

The brake fluid reservoir tank is located just to the left of the 12V automotive battery and in front of the black plastic cowl near the windshield.

Twist Off Counterclockwise
Compress Caliper Pistons
Replace Brake Fluid Cap
Twist off the brake fluid reservoir cap 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction and set it aside in a safe place.

Slowly turn the "F" clamp's handle in the clockwise direction to compress back the two pistons.

You may need to re-position the "F" clamp to fully compress the two pistons.

Continue retracting the pistons until they are just about flush with the rubber dust boots that surround them.

Try to avoid pinching or otherwise damaging the rubber dust boots.

Repeatedly check the level in the reservoir while you are compressing the pistons to make sure it doesn't over flow.

Clean up any spilled brake fluid immediately since it can easily damage painted surfaces.

As soon as you are done compressing the pistons, replace the reservoir cap by twisting it on in the clockwise direction.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic (readily absorbs moisture from the air), so the cap should not be left off for any longer than necessary.

If you've been feeling pulsations, vibrations or shuddering in the front end of your Edge when you step on the brake pedal, you may need to replace the original OEM rotors with new rotors.

To replace the rotors, remove the two bolts on the back side of the bracket, remove the bracket, slide off the old rotor and push the new rotor into place. If you have trouble loosening the old rotor that is rusted in place, hit it with a rubber mallet.

Replace the bracket and tighten the two bolts.

Clean off the lug studs, caliper, rotor and bracket with brake parts cleaner spray.

Try to avoid breathing in the brake dust or the cleaning spray since they may be carcinogenic.


Metal Prongs - Inner Pad
Install New Inner Pad
Installing New Outer Pad
Line up the metal prongs on the rear of the inner brake pad with the two pistons.

Push the prongs into the pistons.

Install the new outer pad into the bracket.

Make sure the outer pad is flush against the rotor.

Lower Caliper Over Pads
Apply Lubricant Grease
Spin In Caliper Pin / Bolt
Carefully lower the caliper into the bracket and over the new outer pad.

If you have trouble fitting the caliper over the rotor and thicker new brake pads, you may need to compress back the two pistons a bit more.

Apply some brake caliper grease to the smooth parts of the combination caliper slider pins / bolts.

Spin in the two caliper bolts / pins a few turns by hand in the counterclockwise direction (when viewed from the outside of the vehicle) to help prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Spin In Lower Pin / Bolt
Turn Counterclockwise
Tighten Lower Bolt
Tighten the two caliper bolts in the counterclockwise direction (as seen from the outside of the SUV) with the 11m hex head socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet or an 11mm Allen wrench.

Tighten the two bolts to just past hand tight or about 25 lb-ft of torque if you have a torque wrench.

Double check that the caliper bolts are tight before moving on to the next steps.

Tighten Upper Bolt
Replace Plastic Dust Cap
Push In Lower Cap
Push the two round black plastic dust caps back into place.
Brake Fluid Bleeder Valve
Line Up Spring Clip
Re-Attach Clip
If your brake pedal has been feeling soft or "mushy", you may have some air bubbles or moisture in the brake lines. It would be a good idea to bleed the brake lines and replace the fluid.

For more on this topic, check out my Acura MDX Brake Fluid Bleeding Guide where I use the Allstar Bleeder Bottle which makes this an easy one person job.

The brake fluid bleeder valve is located on the back side of the caliper just below the top caliper bolt.

Carefully re-attach the metal spring clip to the outer face of the caliper.

Caliper Re-Installed
Replace Front Wheel
Spin On Five Lug Nuts
Carefully push the front wheel back into place over the lug studs.

Spin on the five lug nuts a few turns by hand in the clockwise direction to help prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Slightly Tighten Clockwise
Lower Car From Stands
Torque Lug Nuts
Slightly tighten the lug nuts in the clockwise direction with the tire iron in a "star" or "criss-cross" pattern.

Carefully lower the SUV from the jack stands by using the floor jack.

Continue tightening the lug nuts in the clockwise direction in a star pattern to about 1/4 turn past hand tight.

The owner's manual specification for the lug nuts is 162 lb-ft of torque (220 N-m).

It would be best to use a torque wrench to properly tighten the lug nuts.

I would also recommend re-checking the lug nuts after your next trip and look for drops of fresh brake fluid on your driveway, parking spot or garage floor which may indicate a leak from the bleeder valve or the reservoir.

Check the brake fluid level in the reservoir. If necessary, pour in some new DOT 4 brake fluid until it reaches the "MAX" (maximum) line.

Be sure to write down the brake pad change in your vehicle's service records.

Please check out all of my 2015-2019 Ford Edge DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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