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Old 05-29-2010, 20:41   #1 (permalink)
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Brake warning lamp on after tires replacement

The car has two new rear tires(P215 60R16 94H) and two front tires (P215 60R16 94T). The brake warning lamp is on frequently after the tires replacement. Meanwhile, there are sounds like "click" from the rear when turn left or turn right. The brake fluid level looks good. Could you help me to figure out what are the reasons? Thanks much.

BTW, the car is Taurus 2000 DOHC. I was trying to check the rear brake, but the drum could not slip off.
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Old 05-29-2010, 20:50   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Brake warning lamp on after tires replacement

Is it the same light as the park brake warning light? Maybe the switch is the problem with the light. As for the noise, are you hitting the brake or just driving around corners?
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Is it the same light as the park brake warning light? Maybe the switch is the problem with the light. As for the noise, are you hitting the brake or just driving around corners?
Yes, it is also the park brake warning light. The noise can be heard clearly just driving around corners.

Found a problem this morning. Look at the pic in the attachment. Do I need to replace the whole part, or just put the bar back into the hole?
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Re: Brake warning lamp on after tires replacement

You need to replace the link. It's rusted and broke off. RockAuto, one of our sponsors has a good deal on them. If you go to there post, there's a discount code too.
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You need to replace the link. It's rusted and broke off. RockAuto, one of our sponsors has a good deal on them. If you go to there post, there's a discount code too.
thanks much. I've double checked the brake fluid. The level is lower. I guess that the reason of brake warning light on.
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Re: Brake warning lamp on after tires replacement

If the fluid is going down check to make sure there are no leaks, Thanks for the update.
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If the fluid is going down check to make sure there are no leaks, Thanks for the update.
Could you give me some suggestion about the stabilizer bar link replacement, such as the steps and torques for the nuts?
thanks much.
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Re: Brake warning lamp on after tires replacement

Removal and Installation

CAUTION:
Suspension fasteners are critical parts because they affect performance of vital components and systems and their failure can result in major service expense. A new part with the same part number must be installed if installation is necessary. Do not use a new part of lesser quality or substitute design. Torque values must be used as specified to make sure of correct retention of these parts.

Note:
The stabilizer bar bushing and bracket are part of the stabilizer bar assembly. The stabilizer bar will not easily turn in the bushing. The vehicle suspension must be raised to ride height to remove and install the stabilizer bar and link.

Note:
Both sides of the stabilizer bar and link must be removed and installed.
1. Remove the hub cap or wheel cover.
2. Measure the distance from the center of the hub to the lip of the fender with the vehicle in a level, static ground position (curb height).
3. Remove both rear wheel and tire assemblies.
4. Position a safety stand at the front of the vehicle under the subframe.
5. Detach the front muffler insulator from the muffler.
6. Position jack stands under the rear suspension and raise the suspension until the distance between the center of the hub and the lip of the fender is equal to the measurement taken previously (curb height).
7. Remove the nuts, washers, bushings, and bolts. Detach the stabilizer bar assembly from the body and the links.
8. Lower the suspension and remove the jack stands.
9. Carefully remove the stabilizer bar assembly out of the right wheel well.
10. Remove the nuts, washers, bushings and links from the strut.
11. To install, reverse the removal procedure.

Torque specs.
Stabilizer bar link nut 8 nm 71 inch lbs.
Stabilizer bar bracket 40 nm 30 ft. lbs.
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Removal and Installation

CAUTION:
Suspension fasteners are critical parts because they affect performance of vital components and systems and their failure can result in major service expense. A new part with the same part number must be installed if installation is necessary. Do not use a new part of lesser quality or substitute design. Torque values must be used as specified to make sure of correct retention of these parts.

Note:
The stabilizer bar bushing and bracket are part of the stabilizer bar assembly. The stabilizer bar will not easily turn in the bushing. The vehicle suspension must be raised to ride height to remove and install the stabilizer bar and link.

Note:
Both sides of the stabilizer bar and link must be removed and installed.
1. Remove the hub cap or wheel cover.
2. Measure the distance from the center of the hub to the lip of the fender with the vehicle in a level, static ground position (curb height).
3. Remove both rear wheel and tire assemblies.
4. Position a safety stand at the front of the vehicle under the subframe.
5. Detach the front muffler insulator from the muffler.
6. Position jack stands under the rear suspension and raise the suspension until the distance between the center of the hub and the lip of the fender is equal to the measurement taken previously (curb height).
7. Remove the nuts, washers, bushings, and bolts. Detach the stabilizer bar assembly from the body and the links.
8. Lower the suspension and remove the jack stands.
9. Carefully remove the stabilizer bar assembly out of the right wheel well.
10. Remove the nuts, washers, bushings and links from the strut.
11. To install, reverse the removal procedure.

Torque specs.
Stabilizer bar link nut 8 nm 71 inch lbs.
Stabilizer bar bracket 40 nm 30 ft. lbs.

Your reply is greatly helpful to me.
Two more questions: if the two links need to be replaced simultaneously? May I replace the link without disassembling the stabilizer bar?
Thanks much.
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You need to remove the assy before the links.
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