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Old 07-04-2019, 08:42 AM
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Default 2011 Ford Explorer Rear Brake Caliper replacement

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Now I just did all four brakes about 10k miles ago, but I just reused the
calipers, which now have 205k on them from the factory. The boot ripped
and the piston rusted, ate up both pads pretty even. Offending wheel is
rear right. Same tire Finch and Yoest helped me plug on the MO boondoggle,
had to plug the same tire in another spot as well as it has been leaking down
every 3-4 days from 35 psi to 25 psi where the idiot light come on.
Yesterday evening...

Finished the other side of the car. did not replace the other rotor as I just did
10k miles ago, but I did replace the caliper and pads so both sides are the
same age and type, and should have the same wear. There is a 3 prong clip
that hold the parking brake cable in place is it a bitch to get to disengage. I
have something that might be of of use in the future. I used a small piece of
safety wire and my safety wire pliers and was able to work out the clip out of
the bracket fairly easy. The process is not intuitive.

1. Before you remove the caliper, set the parking brakes as far as it can go,
then insert a 5/32" or 4mm rod into the hole in the parking brake arm on
the caliper. I will pass through the mounting bracket for the cable.
2. Then release the parking brake, this will give you the slack you need in the cable.
3. I then applied the safety wire and tightened it well to hold the 3 prongs on the clip in.
4. Then break loose the hydraulic line fitting from the caliper 16mm wrench,
and you can not remove it yet just a 1/4 turn so it is loose.
5. Remove the caliper from the brake bracket.
6. Pull (and pull hard) to work the cable clip out of the cable bracket and pull
enough of the cable out of it housing to get the cable clear of the cable bracket.
Rotate the caliper down 90° and unhook the end of the cable from the hook on
the caliper.
7. Now you and unscrew the caliper from the end of the hose. (no, there is not a
banjo fitting it is just a straight threaded fitting on a very short flexible brake line....)
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:55 AM
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The rule here is to use the emergency brake everyday or never, I vote never unless things have changed but here in the rust belt I never use it and usually cut the cables.
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The rule here is to use the emergency brake everyday or never, I vote never unless things have changed but here in the rust belt I never use it and usually cut the cables.





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The rule here is to use the emergency brake everyday or never, I vote never unless things have changed but here in the rust belt I never use it and usually cut the cables.
Yeah well I am not apposed to that, so far I have not replaced them on the one ton...
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