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?
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.