The Diesel Stop banner

1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Background: I noticed something odd this weekend when I was running errands. Every time I was slowing down for a traffic light, the wheel would pull to the left a bit, especially if I took my hands off the wheel. I'm thinking to myself "oh $h!t, I got a freakin' brake issue now."

I was thinking brake pad but then I remembered I'd had a front end brake job (new rotors and new pads - March 2016). So a dim bulb came on over my head - a buddy of mine who is former Marine Corps and a diesel mech warned me a few years back that F250's and F350's of my trucks vintage are known for caliper non-release issues. I got out and felt the wheels, driver side & passenger side. Sure enough, the passenger side was barely warm despite all the stop & go driving but the driver side was almost too warm to touch. I had the same damn thing happen to an '89 Ford Bronco II I used to have and it was the caliper not releasing.

I have a buddy who is willing to help and Advance Auto has a replacement caliper for only $70.99 and with online prepay I think it's even less than that.

Here's My Questions:
This is my first caliper replacement job. What tools do y'all recco I have on hand? What parts & supplies should I have on hand in addition to the caliper - maybe a new brake pad cuz I reckon the old one has to be worn down prematurely from the non-releasing caliper? And I saw something in the reviews mentioning banjo bolts? wth?

As always, thanks in advance for y'alls help. Posting my dumbass questions on here and getting helpful, useful advice has saved me hundreds of dollars; savings that I have used to buy fishing tackle instead! :smile2:

Thanks,
Catch
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter #2
caliper only or get bracket too?

I'm fixing to order online to Advance Auto a new caliper. But I noticed that a new caliper is $71 and there is a new caliper w/ bracket for $77. Should I get the caliper and a new bracket or just go with the caliper?

Thanks,
Catch
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,622 Posts
Shouldn't need the bracket.
Do you feel like that hunk of steel is worth $6? Lol

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Tapatalk
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
25,085 Posts
You may not even need the caliper, but might be the easiest way to fix it. The issue may be just that your slide pins have seized up (corrosion, etc.). You can get replacements for those and clean out the bore in the caliper they go into, lube them with silicone grease and reassemble.
As far as tools, the caliper bracket is held to the knuckle bracket with two bolts torqued to 166 ft lb, so have the appropriate tools and eat your Wheaties before you start the job. You're going to need a proper torque wrench as well. I recommend you never guess on bolt torques on brake stuff. The caliper to caliper bracket bolts go into the slide pins and there's a boot that may need replacing. You may want to do the pads again, because the inboard pad on the one that's binding up may have worn excessively from dragging all the time.

If you undo the brake hose, you should replace the copper washers between the bolt head and hose and the hose and caliper. They work harden and may not seal properly when reused.
Hunt for a post on this forum by FMTRVT about slide pins. Jack is the brake guru on here and can advise you best.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,663 Posts
Bottle of brake fluid also.
DENNY
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
You may not even need the caliper, but might be the easiest way to fix it. The issue may be just that your slide pins have seized up (corrosion, etc.). You can get replacements for those and clean out the bore in the caliper they go into, lube them with silicone grease and reassemble.
.
Thanks! If it's just slide pins its an easy fix and much cheaper.

I've bought an assload of parts & suupplies for this job so that no matter what the diagnosis is, I'll have all the supplies & tools to hand so I can avoid any mid-stream trips to the auto parts store. Anything unused I can always take back for a refund.

I'll keep all a y'all how it goes.

Catch
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
452 Posts
If it is the caliper sticking. I'd spend the extra $6 and get the bracket with the new slide pins and boots. I have a friend that had a caliper that would stick once and awhile. He replaced it and it still did it. It ended up being the rubber hose that was bad.


Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top