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Old 12-13-2003, 11:37 PM
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Front Brake Rotor Replacement

I have a 1999 Super Duty 4 x 4. I want to replace the front rotors myself. I have done numerous cars and a Jeep TJ but never a 4 x 4 Superduty. Usually I loosen two bolts on the caliper, lift the caliper of the rotor, and tap the rotor off the spindle. What is the procedure for a Superduty 4 x 4? Do I mess with the hub? When I compress the disks do I need to be concerned about the AntiLock brakes.? Help
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Your intended procedure is how I do my Excursion, which should be the same as the SD. No need to deal with the hubs since the rotors slip over em. Use a plate or block of wood and a large C-Clamp to compress the caliper pistons.

I would also be careful about what rotors you use as replacements. The factory units are notorious for warping. I replaced mine with the ART units, and they seem better than Ford's.

Next time, I'm going to use Performance Friction two piece units. ART uses Performance Friction pads when a customer orders them, and they're the onl;y pads I use.

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Use a plate or block of wood and a large C-Clamp to compress the caliper pistons.
You can also just use the old pad and a C-clamp. It may be easier to find...
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The caliper bolts use Loc-Tite, so they are a PITA to break loose.
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If the front rotors have never been off, they might give ya trouble...Spray some WD-40 around the hub. Spray behind the rotor too, let it sit for a while. Then get the baby sledge ready just in case.

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Thank you everbody for all the good information.
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If the front rotors have never been off, they might give ya trouble...Spray some WD-40 around the hub. Spray behind the rotor too, let it sit for a while. Then get the baby sledge ready just in case.

Nelson
Speaking that...you can replace the word "rotor" with "wheel". Sometimes they can be a pain to get off, too!

Use some anti-sieze on the mating surface of the rotor and rim when reinstalling to prevent it in the future.
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Good call Monsta...

I remember the first time i took my stock tires/wheel off, what a pain. It took some heavy swinging with a large rubber hammer to get them off. I made sure to put some anti-seize on the hub.

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