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Brake job Write-up and pictures

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Re: Brake job Write-up and pictures

Post by knowitall » Sat May 02, 2015 7:31 am

Just finished changing the rear rotors and pads on the Freestyle yesterday. A couple of notes:
1) As mentioned on the 1st page, the slide pins are different on each caliper. The top pin is smooth and the bottom pin has grooves. I don't know the reason but I put it back in the same order.
2) My rear pads were worn more on one side of the rotor than the other and worn differently between the driver and passenger wheel. I attribute that to the slide pins needing lubed.
3) Using the brake compression rental tool from O'Reillys the piston was difficult to turn and compress for some reason. I can't imagine doing this job with the "cube" or channel locks and c-clamp.
4) I used a pneumatic brake bleeder I bought from Harbor Freight that made bleeding all 4 wheels easy as pie. https://youtu.be/wDSyZNDOjnY. $30.
5) I bought the rotors (Prime Choice Auto Parts R64127) on Amazon for $22 each and free shipping. This is the cheapest price I found anywhere. I also got 2 day shipping using Prime.
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Re: Brake job Write-up and pictures

Post by mmsstar » Sat May 02, 2015 8:56 am

Good info!
Drove an 06 LTD FWD from July 08 to August 10, moved on to a 2011 Flex

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Re: Brake job Write-up and pictures

Post by gramps50 » Sat May 02, 2015 9:57 pm

I thought that with disk brakes you were suppose to forch kit from e the air out through the master cylinder by adding the new fluid through the caliber.

The kit from Harbor Freight sure made it a one person job.
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Re: Brake job Write-up and pictures

Post by Africa_FS_07 » Mon May 04, 2015 5:36 am

Re: your PM.

er. half-good info...not step by step info, and meager pics.

but, hey, congrats mr knowitall......its taken years, but you're getting there, as slowly as an Archatinoidea.

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thanks.
i wonder who "Voodoo Bob of the Dead Poets Society" is hounding now.....:mrgreen:

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Re: Brake job Write-up and pictures

Post by knowitall » Mon May 04, 2015 10:07 am

Africa_FS_07 wrote:Re: your PM.

er. half-good info...not step by step info, and meager pics.

but, hey, congrats mr knowitall......its taken years, but you're getting there, as slowly as an Archatinoidea.

thanks.
Are you imagining private conversations that haven't taken place?
Have you stopped taking your medications? :shock:
You know that your doctor chastized you last time.

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Re: Brake job Write-up and pictures

Post by Africa_FS_07 » Tue May 05, 2015 4:31 am

knowitall wrote:
Africa_FS_07 wrote:Re: your PM.

er. half-good info...not step by step info, and meager pics.

but, hey, congrats mr knowitall......its taken years, but you're getting there, as slowly as an Archatinoidea.

thanks.
Are you imagining private conversations that haven't taken place?
Have you stopped taking your medications? :shock:
You know that your doctor chastized you last time.
alas, i wouldst gladly post your last odd PM, but the webmaster said "no no".

i will though if you can get his consent.

i don't have any condition, so no medication.
i wonder who "Voodoo Bob of the Dead Poets Society" is hounding now.....:mrgreen:

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Re: Brake job Write-up and pictures

Post by Tinytim012 » Thu Aug 13, 2015 3:53 pm

Hey guys,

I have a 2007 Ford Freestyle. I'm trying to replace the brake pads but I can't get the caliper off of the mounting bracket because the caliper is locked to the rotor. This is on the rear driver's side. The parking brake isn't on. Is there a trick to getting the caliper off?

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Re: Brake job Write-up and pictures

Post by cjs07office » Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:29 pm

Thanks for this post it saved me a lot of headache!

I bought one of the square multi tip cube tools. I must be a 6ft 2in 240lbs whimp because I could not get the piston to twist in! Yes I was turning it the direction of the arrow. :shock:

So I went to harbor freight and purchased disc brake pad and caliper tool set. I didn't want to spend the $50 but after hour and half of fighting the piston I was ready to buy the set. Once I put tool to the piston it was compressed within a couple of minutes. When I did the driver rear it took me approx to do the whole job including changing the rotors. 8)

Thanks again for this post it was a life saver!!!!

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Re: Brake job Write-up and pictures

Post by tidquist » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:47 am

Did the front and rear brakes (new pads, turned the rotors) over the past weekend. First time I ever did brakes on any vehicle. Fronts were pretty easy. The rears were not fun. I should have checked into the availability of the caliper tool set locally before I planned to do the work. HF no longer seems to have a kit with clamps that will turn clockwise and counter clockwise. No local parts stores had them either They exist online, but I wanted to get started right away. So I used the cube tool. After fighting with the rears on both sides and lots of internet searches, these two things seemed to do the trick (both of which I saw suggested here or on other websites). 1. I bolted the caliper to the car at one of the holes where the bracket that holds the pads attaches. Once the darn thing was bolted to the car with a long bolt, nuts and washers, I could put all my 300+ pounds of fat and gristle into it and push with all my might. (Pic attached) 2. Even with all the pushing and bolting the caliper on the car, it didn't start to really retract until I turned each caliper about 1 turn the 'wrong' way and then pushed and turned in the direction of the arrow.

If I ever get to do the rear brakes on this thing again, I am ordering a tool kit that will press and turn the caliper pistons! The last brake job lasted about 80K, the car has 207K on it so if I'm doing pads and rotors at 287K (or even 267K) I'll be pretty happy.
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