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Old 03-12-2013, 10:40 AM
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The brake fluid looks like it's in pristine condition so I'm not convinced I should be changing it yet. However, I'll be taking a closer look at everything once I get the wheels off.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:14 PM
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See here: http://www.aa1car.com/library/brakefix.htm

Youtube has many good videos, like this one:

Except, I wouldn't use a brake-hose clamp, for fear of damaging my flexible rubber hose. Instead, I use a short piece of lumber to depress the brake pedal, which automatically closes off the Master-Cylinder ports. That way, you can re-compress the brake caliper with a C-clamp and let old fluid flow out of the bleeder screw without fear of having that old fluid go backwards into the MC.

Bleed brakes from furthest away from MC, then closer, and finally closest to MC.

Fwiw, I do like my Wagner Thermo-Quiet pads.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:12 PM
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I really like the Napa Adaptive One - Ceramic Brake Pads. No noise, virtually no brake dust, excellent performance. However they are expensive for Ranger brake pads. I have installed them on 3 vehicles in the last two years and have been very happy. I am getting ready to install a set of the Adaptive One pads on my 2004 Ranger because the previous owner of my truck installed some cheapo specials and they squeal like crazy.

http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Ca...706_0319346410
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:51 PM
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Wow, this is a very informative guide. Thanks
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:23 PM
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So I took the tires and calipers off today so I could get a closer look at the brake system. My rotors feel very smooth but they have some noticeable rust eating away at them. I measured the front brake pads at 7mm / 0.31in.

I'm looking for a bit of advice here. Do they rotors look okay? At what point do you change the brake pads? Do I have enough life left on them?

It's my first time servicing the brakes so I'm looking for some guidance from experienced people on here.

Thanks.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:23 PM
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:37 PM
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those pads look like they have life left to me

have the pads worn unevenly at all?
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:38 PM
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like this? cause thats bad lol
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:39 PM
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anywho, be sure to clean the slider pins and inspect the caliper pistons before puttng it back together
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:46 PM
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3mm is usually minimum. 7mm you still have a way to go on those pads. However, as mentioned above, if they are wearing uneven go with new pads and have the rotors resurfaced. I always resurface the rotors every time I change pads.

The rust you have is normal where it is. The pads don't make contact there, so it's fine.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:21 PM
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anywho, be sure to clean the slider pins and inspect the caliper pistons before puttng it back together
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3mm is usually minimum. 7mm you still have a way to go on those pads. However, as mentioned above, if they are wearing uneven go with new pads and have the rotors resurfaced. I always resurface the rotors every time I change pads.

The rust you have is normal where it is. The pads don't make contact there, so it's fine.
I am quite positive they are wearing evenly. If they weren't you should feel a pulsation through the brake pedal, correct?

Note: I'm not servicing them now, just wanted to take a quick peek at one side to get an idea of their state before getting to work.

I always educate and prepare myself before taking on any sort of mechanic work / maintenance I've never done before. Thanks for all the help so far.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:32 PM
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Uneven pad wear is usually a hydraulic/caliper issue I think (someone PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong here). You'd probably feel it pull to one side or another while braking. My pads were uneven when I got the truck and that was my symptom. Fixed it by flushing the fluid and doing pads/rotors.

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Ehhh... I also had to use a rebuild kit on a caliper. Mine was a caliper issue.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:56 PM
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Uneven wear can also come from sticky caliper bolts as well. The calipers are supposed to "float" on their mounting bolts to allow them to self adjust to pad wear. If one side sticks it won't adjust properly and this can cause uneven wear. Also if he pads were seated properly into the saddle (for lack of better word) they can hang up and not adjust to wear evenly.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:29 PM
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Worth noting that my truck is a 2007 with 55,000 km / 34,000 miles. With such low mileage, I don't suspect there is a whole lot wrong with it at this point. This would be my first brake service interval I believe.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:51 PM
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Uneven pad wear is usually a hydraulic/caliper issue I think (someone PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong here). You'd probably feel it pull to one side or another while braking. My pads were uneven when I got the truck and that was my symptom. Fixed it by flushing the fluid and doing pads/rotors.

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Ehhh... I also had to use a rebuild kit on a caliper. Mine was a caliper issue.
you would probably not feel a pull unless one caliper wasnt working at all. gotta check by measurement, or holding them together like the above pic.

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Uneven wear can also come from sticky caliper bolts as well. The calipers are supposed to "float" on their mounting bolts to allow them to self adjust to pad wear. If one side sticks it won't adjust properly and this can cause uneven wear. Also if he pads were seated properly into the saddle (for lack of better word) they can hang up and not adjust to wear evenly.
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also the pulsation youre referring to would be warped rotors, where in that situation you would most likely need new rotors.
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