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    What's up with F-150 brake pads?

    I've got a '99 Ford F-150 that has a problem with disintegrating brake pads. It happens about twice a year. Just one day you hit the breaks, it's metal to metal and three out of four pads are almost new. One is cracked apart.

    I had that problem with my work truck (another F-150) a few years ago. The boss always blamed me for it.

    Is this a common problem or is my truck simply possessed by demons that have an interest in AutoZone?
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    I think it has something to do with the big "F" on the side of the truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KE7DZZ View Post
    I think it has something to do with the big "F" on the side of the truck.
    lol what ever yo
    no i have the same prob

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    are you getting a quality brake job every time...

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    If your only having problems with one pad, you need to check out that caliper. Binding pivits, binding piston, something along those lines.

    I quit using aftermarket pads on my F-150 and went back to OEM. Aftermarket pads were only good for about 10,000 miles and would make all kinds of noise after being in the dirt. OEMs last 30,000 miles, don't make any noise, and do stop a little better. This is more than enough to justify the price difference. (and there's a big price diffrence!) I've put 195,000 miles on my truck so I had plenty of time to test it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    are you getting a quality brake job every time...
    What is it about the R&R of brake pads that could cause this? When I had this happen last year, I replaced the rotors, calipers and pads at the same time. Three months later, another pad disintigrated.

    FWIW...

    This time it wasn't a pad. I posted this thread before looking at it. One of the bolts backed out (again). You need to use locktite on those buggers. It's fine now but the pads (almost new) are heat cracked but holding.
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    Also if you do buy OEM be sure to get Ford, and not Motorcraft pads. The Ford pads last a bit longer and will not squeak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cblood™ View Post
    Also if you do buy OEM be sure to get Ford, and not Motorcraft pads. The Ford pads last a bit longer and will not squeak.
    I've tried several different brands and "qualities". I don't think I've tried specifying Ford brand yet. I'll try it the next time it happens.
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    I never have a problem with brake pads like you describe, except the heat cracking and checking part. I solve that by cutting some slots through the pad to let them expand and contract. Most of the better quality pads have this slot right in the middle.

    I pay a little more for Performance Friction pads or the Wagner line at Kragen. Both have very good reviews.

    I've used the store brand ones for a long time, but they are only good at normal driving. If you are hard on your brakes or race, they just can't cut it.

    I always grease the crap out of the sliders or pins or whatever. Right now I'm using a cheap black neverseize I bought at a discount freight store. It says it's good to 1800 degrees and has moly in it. So far it's working much better than the cheapo caliper grease that permatex has, or regular grease, and it's cheap to boot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cblood™ View Post
    Also if you do buy OEM be sure to get Ford, and not Motorcraft pads. The Ford pads last a bit longer and will not squeak.
    Ford pads ARE Mtorcraft pads with a Ford box. But yea if you only use O.E.M. parts you wont have those problems. Make sure and machine or replace the rotors too. As an uneven surface even if it is only .001" or so will cause un even braking and pressure points witch will cause cracking. Be sure to properly lube your calipers and spend the $10.00 for a caliper hardware kit, You will be amazed at the improvement you get from new sliders and proper lubrication.

    Good luck man, I hope this info helps.
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    I agree with K7Devil. You'd be surprised at how many people, including "reputable" shops are happy to just slap a new set of pads/shoes on worn rotors or drums. I was taught early on, always, always, always, turn or replace the rotor or drum when replacing the pads/shoes, otherwise, you replace the pads/shoes sooner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KE7DZZ View Post
    I think it has something to do with the big "F" on the side of the truck.
    X2. the problem stems from this ovular blue device they put on those trucks. it screws up all sorts of things ranging from the powertrain, the interior, exterior and safety systems.

    id go to your dealership and ask for them to remove the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jehu View Post
    What is it about the R&R of brake pads that could cause this? When I had this happen last year, I replaced the mallory distributor rotor , calipers and pads at the same time. Three months later, another pad disintigrated.

    FWIW...

    This time it wasn't a pad. I posted this thread before looking at it. One of the bolts backed out (again). You need to use locktite on those buggers. It's fine now but the pads (almost new) are heat cracked but holding.
    Would replacing rotor alone can really solve the problem? Those bolts are also one of my major problems too back then.
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    I've got 43 k on my 03 F-150, original brake pads and not a peep out of them. they are still in great condition also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PizzaJeep View Post
    X2. the problem stems from this ovular blue device they put on those trucks. it screws up all sorts of things ranging from the powertrain, the interior, exterior and safety systems.

    id go to your dealership and ask for them to remove the problem.
    At least Barbie doesn't own a Ford.

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