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Old 09-09-2005, 01:52 PM   #1
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Non mustang brake repair help needed

Ok, I am calling around for prices and am being told it will be $400-600 to replace my rear rotors and brake pads on my explorer. I am not going to line their pockets with that much money. Since I have never replaced my own brakes before, how would y'all rate the difficulty of replacing both rear rotors and the brake pads? I had this done on a previous explorer, but it only cost me $25 per wheel and I got to buy the parts myself. It is sounding like I am going to be doing this myself. It can't be that hard...it just sounds intimidating since i have never done so.

And, if anyone would like to road trip to baton rouge and assist, feel free. I'll buy the beer :beer:
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Re: Non mustang brake repair help needed

its pretty darn easy, do you have disk or drums out back?

if disks... you remove the caliper, slide the old pads out and put the new ones in. Then remove the rotor and put the new ones on (very easy at most there will be little clips around two studs (if they have never been removed before) and then they slide off)

slide the caliper back on and your done, the trick is that some rear calipers need a special tool to go back on cuz they decompress, some do some dont so i would find that out first.
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its pretty darn easy, do you have disk or drums out back?

if disks... you remove the caliper, slide the old pads out and put the new ones in. Then remove the rotor and put the new ones on (very easy at most there will be little clips around two studs (if they have never been removed before) and then they slide off)

slide the caliper back on and your done, the trick is that some rear calipers need a special tool to go back on cuz they decompress, some do some dont so i would find that out first.
I have 4 wheel disc brakes, so I should be good there. It is better than my parents 2000 Ranger that has rear drums.

I figured it had to be an easy job. For $100 I can get 2 rotors and the corresponding pads....and that sounds a ton better than 400-600. Pretty rediculous if you ask me.
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Re: Non mustang brake repair help needed

its a pretty easy job... but some brakes have issues when you put em back on with the piston getting compressed. Check into that maybe just call autozone or the like and see if they can give you any tips or direct you to any special tools needed. Dont touch the brakes while the calipers are off also (the brake petal)
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damn i only got charged like $300 for the fronts w/ new everything.
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Re: Non mustang brake repair help needed

Yup, refuse it. It's not that hard to do really. We need a how to on this, it's the same for all rotor vehicles pretty much. Drums are more of a PITA, but can still be done with alot of patience and making the right tools lol.
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Re: Non mustang brake repair help needed

you will need a caliper piston turning tool available at autozone for rent.
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Re: Non mustang brake repair help needed

hell with rent pay the 20 bucks for the tool. You need to "screw" them in as you compress them I usually use a pair of channel locks and a c clamp myself.
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Re: Non mustang brake repair help needed

when you take the stuff back you get a full refund though so it doesnt cost you a dime to rent at autozone.
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Re: Non mustang brake repair help needed

yeah but i prefer to have the tools i need without having to run down stuff and hope its there. Meh Rental tools usually suck here as well so I just get em.
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Re: Non mustang brake repair help needed

4 wheel disc...dawn wish my brakes were that easy. both trucks have rear drums and those are pain in the *** IMO
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