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Old 05-07-2004, 12:36 PM
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Ford Explorer Brake Caliper Problems

This is not a hot rod but my daily driver. My wife was out yesterday and while she was driving home the front caliper stuck, her not being of the automotive type drove the thing until it almost caught on fire! Burned the rotor up and I'm sure the caliper is history too. It got so hot in fact the the grease in the wheel bearings was melting.

I've had this problem before with the Ford Caliper hanging up, I was told it's due to the non metallic piston. Is there an upgrade to replace the piston with a stainless or metal type instead of fiberglass?

And of course as with most women it was MY fault.

I looked at the rotor and there is not much left at all. I had just put it on last year. I'm really surprised it didn't start grease fire. Well I guess after 275,000 miles your intitled to a few problems.

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Old 05-07-2004, 02:43 PM
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FORD had this problem big time in th eighties. Think they would learn. Back then, you mostly rebuilt calipers and steel pistons were available from BENDIX. Now it is easier and cheaper to buy a loaded caliper. Just ask if they are stainless steel piston before purchasing.
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Old 05-07-2004, 08:04 PM
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In many years of turning wrenches, I found that most people, even ones that had their vehicles serviced regularly, seldon, if ever, had their brake systems flushed and new fluid installed. The old fluid, over time, would cause a build-up in the calipers, causing them to stick. Although non metalic pistons may contribute to the problem, I have seen it in all types of calipers. You may want to flush out the old fluid when you change the calipers.
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Old 05-07-2004, 08:17 PM
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n many years of turning wrenches, I found that most people, even ones that had their vehicles serviced regularly, seldom, if ever, had their brake systems flushed and new fluid installed. The old fluid, over time, would cause a build-up in the calipers, causing them to stick. Although non metallic pistons may contribute to the problem, I have seen it in all types of calipers. You may want to flush out the old fluid when you change the calipers.
I am very aware of this problem since I rebuilt my Jags brakes and have done lots of research into brake failure due to moisture in the brake system. The old Jag reservoir was notorious for collecting moisture so I replaced it with a part from a Mitsubishi that does not allow the moisture to collect in the fluid.

As far as my Ford goes this particular rotor and pads were replaced last year and the system flushed then. From what I was told tonight the rear seal failed and that allowed grease to be thrown everywhere including the rotor. that started a chain reaction that ended up costing a rotor, caliper and pads. Not pretty. If I were going to keep this car forever I would look into replacing the back brakes with a kit from SSBC, and then getting the fronts done with stainless steel pistons

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You do know that most of the SSBC rear kits come with Ford calipers

I think they are from a thunderchicken.
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