Ford Vans 1961-1988 Repair Guides

Wheel Cylinders



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Fig. Fig. 1 With the brake line loosened, remove the attaching bolts to the wheel cylinder

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Fig. Fig. 2 Once detached, remove the wheel cylinder from the vehicle

Front brake lining life can be increased on 1969-74 E-200 and E-300 models by decreasing the size of the front wheel cylinders and increasing the size of the rear. Front cylinders are decreased from 1 1 / 8 in. to 1 1 / 16 in., E-200 rear cylinders are increased from 13 / 16 in. to 7 / 8 in. E-300 rear cylinders are increased from 7 / 8 in. to 15 / 16 in. The necessary part numbers are given in Ford Technical Service Bulletin No. 86 of March 21, 1975.

  1. Remove the brake drum.
  3. Remove the brake shoes.
  5. Loosen the brake line at the wheel cylinder.
  7. Remove the wheel cylinder attaching bolt and unscrew the cylinder from the brake line.
  9. Installation is the reverse of removal. Torque the nuts to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm). Bleed the brakes.


Purchase a brake cylinder repair kit. Remove and disassemble the wheel cylinder. Follow the instructions in the kit. Never repair only one cylinder. Repair both at the same time.

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Fig. Fig. 3 Exploded view of the front and rear wheel cylinder assemblies