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Old 04-05-2005, 11:01   #1 (permalink)
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Changing brake pads - What about ABS ??

I have a '98 XLT, and want to change my brake pads. I was told that on
cars with ABS there is a special way to insert the new pads because if
you push in the cylinders it puts fluid into the ABS system and can
ruin it. Is this true?? Is changing the pads difficult ? I used to do
it on my old Volvo all the time, and the only problem I ever ran into
was squeal.

What about rotors ? Do they need to be turned when pads are replaced?

Thanks for help,
Allen

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Old 04-05-2005, 11:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Changing brake pads - What about ABS ??

I just did all 4 wheels on my 99 XLT with some great advice from this
NG. As long as your fluid is not contaminated, it will not affect the
ABS system. Just remember to take off the master cylinder cap while
you are pushing the pistons back so the fluid has somewhere to go. Push
the pistons slowly with a c-clamp and keep an eye on the master
cylinder so fluid will not overflow out. If you need to, take a turkey
baster and take some fluid out.
Push the pistons back enough to install the new pads. You should not
push them all the way back unnecesarily.
As far as cutting the rotors, if they are in good shape with no
grooves, just leave them. Ford does not even recommend cutting them. I
did not cut mine and the brakes work great.

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Old 04-05-2005, 11:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Changing brake pads - What about ABS ??

Thanks for the advice, what kind of pads did you use? Did you need any
other products like anti-squeal, shims, or lithium grease for them??

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Old 04-05-2005, 12:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Changing brake pads - What about ABS ??

I used Bendix. I did not use any shims or grease.

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Old 04-05-2005, 13:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Changing brake pads - What about ABS ??

tx

Allen

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Old 04-05-2005, 22:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Changing brake pads - What about ABS ??

Try using ceramic, a bit more costly but WELL worth the investment..

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Old 04-06-2005, 11:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Changing brake pads - What about ABS ??

I'll look around for them, do most parts shops carry them for the XLT's
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