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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-17-2000, 08:41 AM
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I was repacking my wheel bearings the other day and noticed something strange. The inside pad(the one on the piston side of the caliper)is wearing a lot faster than the outside pad. Does this mean that i'm going to have to get my calipers rebuilt or replaced, or is it something else maybe? any info is greatly apreciated.
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Re: front disc brakes

I think that is normal ....check it against the other side see if the same wear pattern is happening

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Re: front disc brakes

If it's normal, should I just periodically swap the pads from one side to the other so as to have equal wear between them?

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Re: front disc brakes

Ray, if i'm not mistaken, and i very well may be....excessive wear on the inside pad indicates that your caliper may not be releasing properly....that the piston is not retracting as it should be....i think....and no, its not a good idea to swap brake parts...they're cheap enough. Get new parts and fix the old problem. best advice i can give ya! good luck

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Re: front disc brakes

You might want to check the caliper slides and grease and/or replace them. You can buy the hardware kit which includes the boots and the plastic insert at autozone.

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Re: front disc brakes

My '95 Trooper has this problem in the rear. At $250 for the caliper, I'll tear it down every 10,000 miles and lube it up again, then swap pads. Been doing this for 40,000 miles, no problems.

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Re: front disc brakes

if one pad on a caliper is wearing faster than the other pad, it would suggest the caliper is not moving. sounds like the slides need to be greased so the caliper can put equal pressure on both pads.

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Re: front disc brakes

thanks for all the input. I was planning on trying to investigate that some more today after I get back from the alignment shop. Gotta make sure my toe-in is correct, tires are too darn expensive for abnormal wear to go unchecked.
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Re: front disc brakes

Use the ford silicon brake grease(not wheel bearing grease)lube the slides,and where the caliper meets the knuckle(clean the rust off best you can),you'll probably go a long time with no problems.

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