changing rotors and pads

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by rurak, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    I've got a 2010 f150 4x4. How difficult is it to change front rotors and pads? I've never done brakes but I have mechanical skills. Do I need any special tools? Is it something I shouldn't attempt because its a 4x4?
     
  2. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Ive never done it on a truck as new as yours but Ive done mine for years.

    My 04 F150 has bolts, look to be about 14mm, that hold the calipers on. Unbolt the calipers and set them behind the rotor on the hub, I try not to let them hang by the brake hoses. Your rotors should slide right off, slide on new rotors. Pop out the old pads. I use a bar clamp to push the piston in the caliper back because you'll need the extra room to put on the thicker new pads. Snap in the new pads and bolt the calipers back on.

    Unless you loosen the bleeder valve you shouldnt have to bleed them when you're done because you havent introduced any air into the system.

    Ive done the brakes on my own trucks, my parents cars/trucks, my brother's and sister's cars and my wife's cars.

    Disc brakes are super easy to do, drums are a little more difficult but still not bad.
     

  3. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Also, some auto manufacturers require a tool like this to remove the calipers. Its basically just a hex bit in a socket. This one is for dodges, its required to remove the calipers on my 01dodge dakota. Ive also used it on my mom's 01 durango and my dad's avenger.
     
  4. dragunovsks

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    Sorry forgot to attach a pic

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  5. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    So I don't have to touch the hub or anything besides the calipers and rotors? The truck is still under the 3 year 36k warranty till july but I am not sure if brakes are covered
     
  6. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    You shouldnt have to
     
  7. derpie

    derpie New Member

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    Brakes and rotors are wearable items and aren't covered by warranty.
     
  8. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    That's what I figured. Is there a way to tell what rotor is warped? When I hit the brakes the steering wheel wobbles ..
     
  9. DFlynt

    DFlynt New Member

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    Only good way to check for warping is have someone that can machine the rotors to check.
     
  10. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Agreed, I tried to check the rotors on my wife's Escape by laying my carpenter's square across from one side to the other. Apperently it wasnt enough to detect this way but enough to cause the shaking when the brakes were applied at speed.
     
  11. gearhead396

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    I am a mechanic for a living. If I was talking to a fellow mechanic that hasn't. done it. If say its easy as hell but that person would already have knowledge of how the brakes work. But since you have no knowledge of brakes I wouldn't recommend doing it yourself. People often tend to not do something right that will just cause more problems in the long run. If you must do it yourself. Use a wire brush to clean the caliper bolts and mounting bracket bolts. Use blue lock tight when putting back together. Make sure to re grease everything. Also don't re use the old axle nut. You need a c clamp to compress the piston on the caliper, and if its the screw type you will need a screw type piston compressor. Good luck. Oh also you can go about 50 and hit the brakes hard if your steering wheel vibrates side to side while slowing your front rotors are warped.
     
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  12. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    Called the dealership I bought it at and they are going to cover the rotors under warranty :)
     
  13. hairbear1

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    I'm an ex mechanic and your rotors are warped if they are wobbling under brake pedal pressure and the only 2 ways to fix this is either get the rotors machined and new brake pads fitted or replace the rotors and brake pads.

    If the dealership is going to cover these under warranty then I'm guessing they'll probably put new rotors and pads on.
    Depending on mileage I'd ask them to re pack the wheel bearings as well and also to make sure they replace the bearing hub seal as well(which they should anyway, seals are considered consumables).