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Old 10-13-2019, 02:57 PM
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At 19000 miles the brakes on my Ford took a crap. Never did brakes on a Ford how hard could it be? Well without the right tool it s*cks. Spent the day checking out vids and trying to track down a caliper compressing tool. My large C clamp was useless. After trying needle nose I found an auto parts store with this little square thing that you put on a ratchet. Didn't get very far with that and had to find another solution. One video I watched showed a guy using a cordless drill with the square thing attached, bingo. Cut up an old extension I had and stuck it in the drill. I think this method might actually be easier than the tool they sell for this job
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What model of Ford? The brakes needed changing at 19K miles?
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Make sure they are not electrical calipers....
yes...proper tools help...if you were close I would've helped you...but I'm not up on the moon....and I have every specialty tool there is...some of the newer cars have automatic caliper release thru the Entertainment center...fyi
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.... and the rest of the story?
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Originally Posted by Tarpon65 View Post
What model of Ford? The brakes needed changing at 19K miles?
Ford Transit 250... no pad left, metal to metal
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Dude...those are a bitch...replacing the rotors is fun...and if the rotor or rotors are shot...better replace them now with lifetime pads otherwise you will be doing this again in 12K miles.
I serviced a fleet of these....trust me
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Originally Posted by DavenFla View Post
.... and the rest of the story?
Today was my only day off so I wasn't overly excited by taking on this task. Started late and with trips to the auto store and watching vids I ended up getting one whole side done But it was the side that was grinding so I won't have to listen to that tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Dude...those are a bitch...replacing the rotors is fun...and if the rotor or rotors are shot...better replace them now with lifetime pads otherwise you will be doing this again in 12K miles.
I serviced a fleet of these....trust me
Pfft pads are $29. bucks Ill keep replacing them till I have the time to do the rotors.
Did I mention I do not like working on cars?

replacing the rotors is fun... ?
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Back in the day when I used to do brakes I would take the pad out and use a big screw driver or small pry bar to force the caliper piston all the way back in before I changed out the rotor and pads.
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Originally Posted by PF-88 View Post
Back in the day when I used to do brakes I would take the pad out and use a big screw driver or small pry bar to force the caliper piston all the way back in before I changed out the rotor and pads.
Now they designed them so they have to be rotated while being compressed. Passenger side gets rotated counter clockwise, driver side gets rotated clockwise I have no Idea why.
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Those adjusters are only on the rear,they are for the parking brake.
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Dude...those are a bitch...replacing the rotors is fun...and if the rotor or rotors are shot...better replace them now with lifetime pads otherwise you will be doing this again in 12K miles.
I serviced a fleet of these....trust me
Like a Colorado?
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Originally Posted by muskamoot View Post
Those adjusters are only on the rear,they are for the parking brake.
Thanks for the info, nice to know I only have to deal with 2 of them instead of 4.
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That tool is only required on rear calipers that don’t also have the drum shoes for parking brake. VW does that. Basically you need to turn the piston while compressing it. Just on the rears.

there is a better tool. One you can rent at Autozone. The one you have pictures is cheap and works in a pinch. I have both tools.

My 2015 Honda CRV still is using the original pads after 65k miles. Most brakes should last 40-50k miles
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Is 19K on those brakes normal? Pitiful if it is.
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Now they designed them so they have to be rotated while being compressed. Passenger side gets rotated counter clockwise, driver side gets rotated clockwise I have no Idea why.

That caliper piston have a couple of holes in it for a tool?
That's how the European cars are. I have never seen an american car have that type. You can borrow the tool kit at Advance Auto to mget it done.
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Originally Posted by Gary Schulte View Post
That tool is only required on rear calipers that don’t also have the drum shoes for parking brake. VW does that. Basically you need to turn the piston while compressing it. Just on the rears.

there is a better tool. One you can rent at Autozone. The one you have pictures is cheap and works in a pinch. I have both tools.

My 2015 Honda CRV still is using the original pads after 65k miles. Most brakes should last 40-50k miles
I went to Advanced Auto and there tool was already rented. Is this the better tool you are referring to?
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Originally Posted by OReely View Post
Is 19K on those brakes normal? Pitiful if it is.
Yeh something like that
agree on the pitiful part too
Axles have to be removed to change the rotor
European design
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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
That caliper piston have a couple of holes in it for a tool?
That's how the European cars are. I have never seen an american car have that type. You can borrow the tool kit at Advance Auto to mget it done.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Transit
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Make sure they are not electrical calipers....
yes...proper tools help...if you were close I would've helped you...but I'm not up on the moon....and I have every specialty tool there is...some of the newer cars have automatic caliper release thru the Entertainment center...fyi
The electric part of the calper that you are referring to is for the parking brake on VW's -Audi's-BMW's that have the servo motor on it.
They can be reset with a scan tool that is equipped to reset the servo
Like my Autel EBS301

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