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How to Replace Front Backing Plate 4 Wheel Drive 98-12 Ford Ranger

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How to Replace Front Backing Plate 4 Wheel Drive 98-12 Ford Ranger

Created on: 2016-12-09

How to remove, replace, install broken, rusted, or stuck brake backing plate on 2001 Ford Ranger.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Wheel
    • Pry off the center cap with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the wheel lock with the wheel lock key
    • Loosen the 19mm lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step 2 :Removing the Brake Backing Plate
    • Remove the two 19mm bolts from the brake caliper bracket
    • Hang the caliper aside with a bungee cord
    • Pull off the brake rotor
    • Remove the three 8mm bolts from the backing plate
  3. step 3 :Installing the Backing Plate
    • Put the backing plate into place
    • Install the three 8mm bolts for the backing plate
    • Put the rotor into place
    • Put an old axle nut on one wheel stud
    • Thread a lug nut onto that wheel stud by hand to hold the rotor in place
    • Remove the bungee cord from the caliper
    • Put the caliper into place
    • Start the two 15mm bolts for the caliper bracket
    • Tighten the two 15mm bolts to 85 foot-pounds of torque
    • Remove the placeholder lug not and axle nut
  4. step 4 :Installing the Wheel
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern
    • Reattach the center cap

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Jack Stands

    Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Bungee Cord

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Torque Wrench

    Ratchet

    1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    15mm Socket

    8mm Socket

    19mm Socket

Installation Video
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In this video, we're going to be working with our 2001 Ford Ranger. We're going to show you how to remove and replace the backing plate, or dust shield, for your front brake rotor on a four-wheel drive truck. If you like this video, please click subscribe. We have a ton more information on this and many other vehicles. If you need any parts for your vehicle, you can follow the link down in the description over to 1AAuto.com. Here are the items you'll need for this repair.

Using a taped flat-blade screwdriver, locate the relief cuts in the hub cap. Stick the screwdriver in, and pry out to release it from the wheel. This particular truck has a wheel lock on it, so we'll need the wheel lock key in order to remove it. Otherwise, the rest of the nuts come off with a 19 millimeter socket and breaker bar. Simply crack them loose for now, and then raise and support your vehicle and remove the lug nuts the rest of the way.Remove the wheel from the vehicle.

Remove the two 15 millimeter bolts securing the caliper bracket to the spindle. Be sure to crack both of these loose before removing either one fully. Using a bungee cord, mechanics wire, or zip tie, secure the entire caliper bracket and assembly up out of your way. Remove your rotor. Remove the three 8 millimeter bolts on the backing plate with a socket and ratchet.

Reinstall your backing plate, and start the 8 millimeter screws. Our old backing plate isn't that bad, so we're just going to reinstall it, but your new backing plate will go on exactly the same. Tighten up the 8 millimeter screws. Reinstall your rotor.

One trick I like to use is taking an old axle nut and placing it over one of the wheel studs, putting a lug nut on hand tight. This keeps the rotor upright while we install our caliper carrier and makes it that much easier. Unhang your caliper from whatever it is you hung it from. Reinstall all of it over the rotor. Reinstall your two 15 millimeter bolts. Tighten down the hardware with a socket and ratchet. Torque the bolts to 85 foot-pounds. Remove the lug nut and axle nut from your rotor.

Reinstall your wheel and tire. Start your lug nuts by hand. Torque the lug nuts to 100 foot pounds in a cross pattern. Reinstall your center cap, and you're good to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Bungee Cord

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet
  • 1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 15mm Socket
  • 8mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket


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