- March 22, 2011
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- Year, Model & Trim Level
- 2011 Limited
I've done a lot of routine brake jobs over the years and have never replaced a caliper support bracket. Cleaned them sure, but replaced - never.Probably never replaced the rusted caliper brackets.
Supposedly, the excessive rusting on the rear caliper brackets are the cause.I've done a lot of routine brake jobs over the years and have never replaced a caliper support bracket. Cleaned them sure, but replaced - never.
It sure seems odd that any dealer tech would replace brake pads and pad clips but NOT clean the area where the pad clips go. That is brake service 101 FFS.
That was the point of my comment. Cleaning/filing where the pad clips go is brake service 101. It's not a suggestion from someone on an internet forum. It isn't new and it isn't specific to explorer.Supposedly, the excessive rusting on the rear caliper brackets are the cause.
I followed the suggestion from another member here to file down the notch where the ears of the pads sit and it seems to move a little bit more freely.
Prior to owning an Explorer, I've never had to file anything of the sort.That was the point of my comment. Cleaning/filing where the pad clips go is brake service 101. It's not a suggestion from someone on an internet forum. It isn't new and it isn't specific to explorer.
I’ve never had to remove any rust or corrosion from any of my three second gens, and I live in the land of snow and salt.
Different vehicle. Different parts. Are you caliper brackets uncoated? I find it hard to believe there are many, if any, nearly 20 year old vehicles driven in now and salt that never had any rust or corrosion on the brakes, but maybe you and your vehicles are just special?I’ve never had to remove any rust or corrosion from any of my three second gens, and I live in the land of snow and salt.
Every vehicle and part is different. I'm not sure why that is so difficult to understand. I have done many brake jobs where I just slapped pads on - didn't change brake hardware, didn't turn rotors, didn't clean mating surfaces, bleed, or do anything other than remove and replace pads - and some worked fine and lasted a long time and some didn't.I used to change my own brakes until I bought my 2011 Explorer and I never cleaned or removed rust from the caliper brackets either on any vehicle I owned and never had this problem. I recently had some work done at an independent shop on our 2011 Edge and I feel that they will clean the rust and lube the rail under the clips if I ask them to. Hopefully that will help or they will be able to find out what is going on.
If you know how to properly do a brake job, then you should be well aware of inspecting the caliper bracket for rust/corrosion and cleaning/lubing that area before applying new abutment clips.I’m well aware it’s a different vehicle, hence my previous statement that this generation of Explorer this thread is about is particularly prone to this exact issue more than most other vehicles.
I know how to properly do a brake job, I’ve done at least 100, and never had a problem with longevity.
Your experience is what it is. 20 year old vehicles in a snowbelt area and the brakes are pristine. Got it. Moving on.I never said I didn’t inspect them. I’ve replaced the clips, but the brackets underneath have never been rusty. You can’t fix or correct what isn’t broken.
Wrong. 5g explorer maintenance schedule calls for a brake inspection at each oil change or every 12 months. There is no way a proper brake job should be compromised and completely wear out a set of pads within the duration of an oil change interval or 12 months, whichever comes first. If it is, then either the brake service wasn't performed properly, some part/s were damaged/defective, there is another issue at play, or the owner is sponge bob square pants and parks the vehicle under the sea.It does matter if a vehicle is more prone to it if it and it happens BETWEEN pad changes and causes them to drag and be ruined.
No one is saying anything about the quality of your brake jobs or mine.I am absolutely positive my brake jobs are as quality as you think yours are.
My whole point is that the brackets are defective. They corrode prematurely, likely due to being made of junk Chinese steel.
For the record parts of my brakes rot off, like the rotors. The surface the abutment plate is on is never covered in rust.