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Old 07-21-2013, 09:24 AM   #15
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Where the problem with disc brakes enters is when allowed to sit for a long time. The pistons rust and will not retract after being applied. Now you are driving with the brakes applied, at least for that wheel position. I have even seen that happen because the flexible brake line deteriorated inside and prevented brake fluid from exiting the piston area, thus leaving the brakes applied.
The amount of pad material remaining has nothing to do with the above conditions.
I also urge you to get yet another evaluation of the brakes.
If the brake calipers are rusted and will not retract after being applied. I would think that the pads would have a lot to do with that. The problem would not be the pads but they would show a lot of wear very fast. Also If you have your pads pushed up to the rotor all the time the smell would be very quickly noticable. think truck going down a large hill riding brake noticeable.
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If a caliper is not retracting that wheel would get very hot. So the advice to drive it and simply lay your hand on all the wheels. Or even better if you can get your hands on a non contact IR thermometer.

With ford calipers, at least the ones I've worked on you'll find slide pins that may need to be lubed.

If you do need a brake job and need to replace rotors I would strongly suggest slotted rotors and ceramic (Hawks) pads.

I put them on my F250 and they made a world of difference.

$1200 is outrageous! Go somewhere else no matter what you do! Disc brakes are SOOOOOOOOO easy to work on.
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If a caliper is not retracting that wheel would get very hot. So the advice to drive it and simply lay your hand on all the wheels. Or even better if you can get your hands on a non contact IR thermometer.

With ford calipers, at least the ones I've worked on you'll find slide pins that may need to be lubed.

If you do need a brake job and need to replace rotors I would strongly suggest slotted rotors and ceramic (Hawks) pads.

I put them on my F250 and they made a world of difference.

$1200 is outrageous! Go somewhere else no matter what you do! Disc brakes are SOOOOOOOOO easy to work on.
What I said.
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If the brake calipers are rusted and will not retract after being applied. I would think that the pads would have a lot to do with that. The problem would not be the pads but they would show a lot of wear very fast. Also If you have your pads pushed up to the rotor all the time the smell would be very quickly noticable. think truck going down a large hill riding brake noticeable.
Pads ARE pushed up to the rotor all the time, they ride against the rotor by design. There is nothing in the design to retract the caliper pistons. If you remove a caliper unit they will slowly push the pads together by themselves. It is not like riding the brake pedal pressure though.
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