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Old March 23rd, 2006, 10:41 PM   #1
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Default Anti-Lock Brakes Question.

If this really should be in Ford tech, I apologize...

I've never worked on anti-lock brakes, so I am erring on the side of caution. Front brakes need brake pads and rotors done, pretty standard, done that a hundred times. My question is, is there anything different that I need to look out for, extra parts or whatnot, if it's ABS?

Vehicle is an '03 Ford Ranger 2X4.
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Nope. Nothing different about pads and rotors.
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Thank you very much, I appreciate it :)
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Nope. Nothing different about pads and rotors.
Rotors for ABS and non-ABS could be different. Some ABS rotors have tone rings built into them.
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If you have to bleed ABS brakes there is usually a different procedure, compared to non ABS. The reason is you don't want old dirty fluid getting into the ABS system. If your fluid is clean, you can just bleed it like a normal system. I've done it before and never had problems.
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It sounds like the procedure is the same, and the parts may differ, no biggie... Brake fluid's clean, damn thing only has like 20000 miles on it, less, I think, and apparantly, the brakes are all torn to shit...

I'm not even sure if I want to DO the damn thing, see, I am the one whom all my friends come to with their problems, when they need help, with anything, automotive very much included. Asking nicely. This guy comes up, and he's all like "so, when are you going to fix my brakes, they are grinding." "When will you have time to get those brakes done, I can't drive till they're fixed", even when I told him to take it up to Madison Muffler and get them done...

But if I do decide to be nice and do them, at least I know it's not anything I can't handle...
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Yea, brakes are relatively easy. There's tiny tips and tricks to get more life out of them, but not a big deal. Just make sure to keep the anti-rattle clips on the brake pad tabs, or they might clip into the caliper. Check the caliper slides (the pins) and make sure they're greased up. You probably won't have to bleed the system.

Hopefully he hasn't ground the wear tabs into the rotor so far that they're beyond the point of being turned. If so, it's his problem since he'll be dropping the $$$ on new rotors.
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I would not be surprised... I've done plenty of brakes, they are SO much easier if the rotors are not chewed to hell, well, not even like that's all that hard, but just one more thing to pick up and take care of...

Knowing this guy, the squeaking he's hearing is probably his damn seat or something, not only could you sell him blinker fluid, you could do it for twice the price...
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