/ Best truck under $10k? #91
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- Feb 21, 2003
- SE Michigan in the middle of nowhere
- Kubota M9000 HDCC3 M9000 HDC
One thing to always keep in mind is, the flex hoses will deteriorate inside after a while so I replace them when I do a brake job and replace the calipers. The obvious sign of deteriorated flex lines is the calipers won't retract fully and the pads hang on the rotors. The only thing that retracts the pads on a disc brake caliper is the seal between the puck and the caliper body so it don't take much in the way of blockage to cause a dragging pad scenario. When I do that, I'll soak the flex hose fitting to the the hard line fitting with either PBlaster or acetone and ATF mix for a few days prior to taking them apart. Also I always replace the caliper (reman) when I do a brake job. The slide pins on calipers have a habit of hanging up when driven on salted roads in the winter. me and Rock Auto are good friends.I bought my 1990 F250 new, so I know what has been done to it. About three years ago, I had to replace the brake line to the rear because it had rusted to failure. Apparently the warning lights were not working and I didn't find out about it until a routine check of fluids. For light use, the brakes worked OK. When the time came to do the front brakes at 440,000 KM I noticed a problem with a caliper and decided that because the flex lines were original, I should change them too. Of course the steel lines refused to disconnect without damage but at that mileage and thirty-one years of age I felt that I got decent value for those parts.