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Old 11-16-2005, 11:01   #1 (permalink)
cyburgh
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brakes/rotors

I have a 2003 Sport Trac XLT. I've changed brakes/rotors on my other
vehicles in the past. Some being front wheel drive (Dodge/Mistubishi/Chev.)
This is my fisrt Ford I've owned. I need to replace the front rotors and
pads.
2 questions.... 1 - Is replacing the front brakes and rotors a relativeley
easy chore for a typical do-it-yourselfer? And 2 - any tricks/tips anyone
has?

thanks
Cy


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Old 11-17-2005, 06:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: brakes/rotors

Do as search on this subject. There has been discussions in the past
about resurfacing rotors. Ford does not even mention it in their repair
manuals in recent years. If the rotors are in good shape leave them.
As far as changing the pads, it's basically the same. Remove caliper,
compress piston with C-clamp ( make sure master cylinder cap is loose
to allow expansion, and do not let it overflow),and replace pads. No
need to bleed as long as you do not open the lines.

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Old 11-17-2005, 14:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: brakes/rotors


"Mikepier" <mikepier@optonline.net> wrote in message
news:1132228197.259701.32600@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
> Do as search on this subject. There has been discussions in the past
> about resurfacing rotors. Ford does not even mention it in their repair
> manuals in recent years. If the rotors are in good shape leave them.
> As far as changing the pads, it's basically the same. Remove caliper,
> compress piston with C-clamp ( make sure master cylinder cap is loose
> to allow expansion, and do not let it overflow),and replace pads. No
> need to bleed as long as you do not open the lines.
>


Would be a good idea to go ahead and change the fluid, though.

Dave


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Old 11-18-2005, 06:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: brakes/rotors

Off topic, but the rear e-brakes are a trip...sheesh. They have drums
in the middle for the e-brakes with rotors around them for the standard
brakes. To change the shoes you need to really stretch the springs and
squeeze your fingers and tools behind the hub. It was almost worth
having the dealer do it for $300.

A repair manual helped greatly.

Phil

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Old 11-18-2005, 06:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: brakes/rotors

Just curious, why did you need to change your e-brake shoes? Since
they are rarely used I thought they never need changing.

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Old 11-20-2005, 19:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: brakes/rotors

Bought the explorer used with 35K miles on it. The previous owner
must've driven around with the brake on - the shoes were gone...down to
the metal. The metal backings and hardware all looked like they were
20 years old (rather than only 3). Who knows.

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