I have a '95 Ford Escort and I know that my front brakes are beginning to get low. I'm somewhat mechanically inclined and was thinking about attempting the job myself. Is replacing the front brake pads difficult on this car?
As far as brakes go, it doesn't get any easier than this. If you are currently not getting any chatter or pulsation when applying the brakes, you can get away with simply replacing the pads without resurfacing the rotors. Personally, I believe the right way is to do both and avoid doing the job all over again in a short period of time.
On your Escort, you don't even have to remove the front calipers in order to swap the pads. Simply remove the two retaining pins and springs that hold the pads in place, and then remove the pads along with the shims you'll find on the back of each.
You should be able to push the caliper piston into its bore with the use of a pry-bar or large screwdriver. This often works better with the old inboard pad still in place to push on.
Always do one side at a time. This way you can run back and forth to compare each side, and make sure everything goes back where it belongs.