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Old 07-01-2022, 03:02 PM   #1
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2018 Ford F53 Vista front rotor replacement

I've done brake jobs on my cars, and this one is a little different. How do I remove the rotor? I have the wheel and caliper off. I'm not finding any instruction video or discussion. Any tips?

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Old 07-01-2022, 08:04 PM   #2
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If your front brake pads did not completely wear thru to the backing then there's no need to replace the front rotors, if all you did was normal use and did not do something ill advised like riding your brakes going down a long grade or something like that.
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Old 07-01-2022, 09:03 PM   #3
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Hi Tony,
If it is anything like the front of my F-350, you need to remove the entire hub; bearings and all. I found a good example on Youtube. When you buy your replacement rotors, be sure to buy new inner bearing seals at that time too.
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If it is anything like the front of my F-350, you need to remove the entire hub; bearings and all. I found a good example on Youtube. When you buy your replacement rotors, be sure to buy new inner bearing seals at that time too.
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Thanks! This is very similar, and tells me what I need to do.
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It's always the little things...

I'm at the point of replacing the boots for the caliper pins. I'm having a helluva time. I've torn two boots already. I got one boot and sleeve back in, but the other one is stubborn. I'm putting the boot in first, then pushing the sleeve thru. Invariably, the remainder of the boot gets shoved into the caliper. I can't seem to prevent this. Any ideas?
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Here's a picture of the boot with the sleeve.
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Hi Tony,
Wow; those new rotors look really nice!
I must admit that I am very lazy with my brake jobs. I just buy new rotors and rebuilt calipers. That is an option for you, should you not be able to get the boots installed.
I did find two videos below. In the first one, the guy uses a 3M Silicone Paste on the pins to lubricate them. Perhaps something like that would work for you too?
In the second video, the guy uses a string to pull the pin through, but I don't know if this is applicable to your job.
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Thanks! The rotors are Powerstops. I used them on one my cars earlier this year, and I love them. The pads that come with them have quite a bit more surface area too. Finally got the boot and sleeve on. Using guidance from your second video, I used a more slippery grease on the sleeve, and that worked out. Thanks again!
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The video shows the absolute unsafe way to work on any vehicle, just holding it up with the jack.

Jacks fail. They will only fail when you are under the vehicle. It's a universal constant. Don't do that. Use jack stands.
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Agreed. I am working with the built-in hydraulic system, 4 jack stands and a bottle jack. I'm not ready to die changing rotors.
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Good deal.

I'll be doing this same job in a month or so. The front rotors are toast
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I have completed the rotor and pad change, so thanks for the input!

I thought I might as well flush the brake fluid while I'm at it, but wow, how can I put new brake fluid in the reservoir that is up behind the windshield (ok, exaggeration). Do I need to buy one of those $50 pressurized pumps?? I don't want to do that.
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Old 07-14-2022, 04:24 PM   #13
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Hi Tony,
Perhaps a flexible funnel; seven bucks at Amazon.
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That might work. I did something similar to change the oil. Adding incremental bits of brake fluid into the reservoir (vs the oil fill tube) may be a little trickier, but I'll give it a shot.

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That will work better than a Jar and a Funnel
(sorry; sometimes I cannot resist)
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Thanks for the chuckle ... that was hilarious. I've never heard of prairie dogging. Now I can't wait to use it.
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... better than overflowing your Black Tank, right?
Plus, think of all the road-time you will save.
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"prairie doggin it"

Funny stuff.

Years ago I was at a new factory in India. One of my friends that worked for another American company looked at me one afternoon and said he had one "crowning", and would be back shortly.
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That might work. I did something similar to change the oil. Adding incremental bits of brake fluid into the reservoir (vs the oil fill tube) may be a little trickier, but I'll give it a shot.

Thanks again!
What a crude way to add oil.

Please follow my recommended procedure. It took me 3 years to develop this High Tech Oil Filler System
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