(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. It's Sara with americantrucks.com. And today, we have review and install of the Power Stop Z36 Extreme Truck and Tow Carbon-Ceramic Brake Pads for the rear, fitting your F-150s. These are perfect for the F-150 owner who wants to upgrade their rear brakes and wants a brake pad that's tailored for towing to give them more stopping power than OEM. The advanced carbon-ceramic brake pad offers extreme pad bite, improving your stopping power. The heavy-duty carbon-infused ceramic compound pads were designed for extreme situations like towing and were designed for minimal dust and noise. Keep in mind though, when you're going for an upgraded brake pad, you can expect a bit more noise and a bit more dust than OE replacement would provide. These are a great option if you have larger wheels and tires, or if you tow frequently and need the added performance. I will mention that the way to get the most out of the stopping power of your truck is to replace the front and rear pads and rotors altogether to see the most improvement. Or if an OE replacement is more your speed, Power Stop offers those options as well.So, as far as price goes, this option comes in at around $50 for the pair of rear pads, making it a budget-friendly way to upgrade your rear pads over an OE replacement. I'm giving this install a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It features a direct bolt-up install and can be done within two hours. So, with that said, let's jump into our install. For this install, you will need an impact gun or ratchet, 18 and 13-millimeter sockets, you may also want a small extension, a skinny 16-millimeter wrench, an 18-millimeter ratcheting wrench, a caliper hanger tool, a caliper tool, and a small flathead screwdriver.All right. So, the first step in our install is to grab a 13-millimeter socket and remove the two bolts going into the back of our caliper. All right. So, with your 13-millimeter socket, you may want an extension or a swivel as well. Go ahead and remove these two bolts. Now, if this begins to spin, you can grab a wrench and hold this still while you get the bolt out. All right. So, now, we can grab our caliper off of the bracket and brake pads and hang it out of the way. If you have a caliper hanger, that's the best tool, or you can use a bungee cord as long as there's no pulling on the brake line.All right. So, we're going to this bolt on the leaf spring here, just because our truck is lifted quite a bit it's hard to go up to the frame, but as long as there's no tension on the brake line, that's what we're looking for. All right. So, we're gonna grab an 18-millimeter socket. We are using a swivel here for this top bolt. And then for the bottom one, it is pretty difficult to get a socket on here. We're just going to use an 18-millimeter ratcheting wrench. As long as it's long enough, it should break it loose. Keep a hand on there because our bracket is loose at this point and then remove it off the truck.All right. So, at this point, we can pull the brake pads out of the caliper bracket. Now, to do this, you can either pry up on this with a flathead or if they are pretty bendable enough, you can just use your hand and just slide the corner of the brake pad out. Getting one side out usually will free the other side as well. With the brake pads removed, we can remove these clips that hold them because this kit did come with new ones and ours do look a little tired so we can replace them. Using your hand or a small flathead, you can just work them loose. And you will want to clean this edge up a bit so that the new one can slide on nicely.All right. Now, that we have our factory pads uninstalled from our truck, we can check them out side by side with the Power Stop pad. Now, the difference here is not very noticeable to the eye. The difference lies in the compound of the pad itself. As I said before, these pads feature an advanced carbon-ceramic compound, which is going to give you more pad bite than your OEM pads. It does work best when paired with a drilled and slotted rotor that comes in Power Stop's truck and tow kit, but you will still get some upgraded pad performance over OEM. So, with that said, let's finish up our install.Now, we can install our metal clips. We did clean up these surfaces a bit so that the clip will slide over a little bit easier. So, if you get the lip installed on the bottom and then rock it over the top, that's probably the easiest way to do that. All right. Once they're all the way installed, we can install our brake pads. Lift up on this tab, the same way that we uninstalled the factory ones, and slide them into place. Now, since we're doing this for demonstration, I'm not greasing these, but you will want to grease these pins so the brake pad can slide back and forth easily. Also, a bit of grease on the back sides of each pad around this metal portion will cut down on noise as well. Slide the bracket with the pads over top of your rotor, install the factory bolts into the bracket, grab your 18-millimeter socket and tighten down these bolts. And we're using an 18-millimeter ratcheting wrench on the bottom because there's not a lot of room between the bolt and the shock. All right. Now, we're going to unhang our caliper and push in the piston in the center. We're using a caliper tool here to push the piston in. You can use a C-clamp in a pinch, this tool really makes it a ton easier. So, if you can get your hands on one, I highly recommend. Once the piston is all the way in and flush against the caliper, slide it over top of the brake pads. Install your factory bolts through the caliper into the slider. Grab our skinny 16-millimeter wrench to hold the slider in place. And with your 13-millimeter socket, tighten it down.All right. Now, that this side is complete, repeat that process on the other side. Once you're all finished, make sure to pump your brakes to get the caliper to seat to the brake pads and ensure that you have a nice firm brake pedal before you drive anywhere. But that is going to do it for the review and install of this brake pad kit, and remember for all things Ford, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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Information on PowerStop's proper Break-In Procedure can be found here: https://www.powerstop.com/brake-pad-break-in-procedure/
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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