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My 1990 F350 has been reliquinshed to temporary duties now that we have the van to haul the majority of our stuff. I've driven it 200 miles since May.
Last 2 time's I've used the truck I've found the front calipers are sticking. I'd like to replace them or rebuild if I can find a good kit.
Here comes the questions:
Are recomendations on calipers or rebuild kits? I'd like to get new Motorcraft parts but I'm having a hard time swallowing the $150/piece tag at the moment, especially on a vehicle that probably wont get driven 1k this year.
Do I need rotors and pads? Pretty sure the answer is yes since I had the one glowing red, but maybe someone's experience can help me here.
Anything that I can do to prevent this issue in the future?
__________________ 1990 F350 XLT Lariat 7.3 IDI ZF5 NP205 1989 E250 Club Wagon XLT 7.3 IDI E4OD 1971 F100 Custom FE360 NP435 1969 F100 Custom FE360 NP435 Dana 20 2008 Focus DD, 5 speed Jason
Happened to me (more than once) about 5 years ago. It did it intermittently at first, then happened every time I took the truck - thus, I fixed it. The fluid in mine was black/nasty - most probably from the heat and moisture in the fluid over the years. The phenolic pistons in the calipers would seize/not release.
Caused the rotors to get extremely glowing hot. Several times, could not wait for them to cool down (it took at least an hour), so I poured water on the whole brake system on that side. It would then release.
Obviously, this also led to cracked rotors due to heat shock.
Replaced calipers - pistons - lines - rotors - fluid. Lubed the heck out of the caliper pins. What fixed it? Pick one of above - I can't point to any one thing. I do change the fluid more often now. Problem has not returned.
'93 (new in 10/'92) F350 SRW 4X4 7.3L IDI non-turbo, crew cab, 5sp manual, C5 axle 4.10, 78,000mi.
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