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Old 07-26-2008, 05:36 PM   #1
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Brake failure, total devastation (carnage shots)

So I was driving home from the grocery store last night and came around a turn to come up onto a bridge with a slight bump at its entrance. Anyways, as soon as I hit the bump all I hear is CRACK, GRIND, POP, POP, POP, POP, POP, GRIND, GRIND, GRIND. Very loud, very disconcerting. So naturally I stop the car (to the utter dismay of the traffic behind me on the bridge) and check a few things out. No, the tire wasn't flat, no, nothing was dragging on the ground. So I hopped back in the car and starting driving. As the car went faster, the sounds got faster too. I stopped again just after I got off the bridge to check things out in detail, hoping a rock had lodged itself between the rotor and the heat shield... no such luck.

I took the caliper and rotor off today and this is what I found:



Isn't there supposed to be an ebrake in there?





Oh wait, when I took the rotor off, this fell out:







Nice, huh?

Here's my question, car I clean out all the remaining ebrake fragments, put the rotor and caliper back on and drive the car for the time being until new ebrake parts can be ordered/shipped?

Thanks in advanced, as always!
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Old 07-26-2008, 06:04 PM   #2
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A similar thing happened to my Ford Sport Trac.
One side froze up, toasted the whole setup. I put on a new set of rotors and pads (they were about done before the ebrake wrecked the one rotor) and drove around with no ebrake.
Just don't park on any big hills.
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hmm... my 9-5 has been making a distressingly odd popping / clicking noise when I apply the e-brake on a large hill. This makes me want to check it...
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our e-brake has been F*d up for a while now. We just park it in reverse. When I have to do the brakes in the back i will assess the situation, maybe try a new e-brake kit.

our problem stems from the brake freezing in winter and not letting go when you drop the lever. so we'd get half way down the street and it would just engage while driving. then we would brake real hard a few times, to make some heat and it would let go. but it has gotten real bad and only holds the car from rolling one way. so I am guessing it's fucked and we just don't use it.
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A similar thing happened to my Ford Sport Trac.
One side froze up, toasted the whole setup. I put on a new set of rotors and pads (they were about done before the ebrake wrecked the one rotor) and drove around with no ebrake.
Just don't park on any big hills.
Must be a ford feature.

I had the same thing happen on my parent's '99 ford ranger. Crappy thing is that it failed, then they back it into their 1 car garage...then they could not move it AT ALL.

I had to drive 2.5 hours up there on a work day to fix their car since the tow company could not fit their tow truck down their VERY narrow driveway
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Must be a ford feature.

I had the same thing happen on my parent's '99 ford ranger. Crappy thing is that it failed, then they back it into their 1 car garage...then they could not move it AT ALL.

I had to drive 2.5 hours up there on a work day to fix their car since the tow company could not fit their tow truck down their VERY narrow driveway
I had one heck of a time removing the rotor with the stuck ebrake.
It had worn a grove inside the rotor and the shoes were stuck in it.
I just had my local mechanic put the ebake back in order when I took the sport trac in for state inspection. He said it was fairly common for fords that were parked outside all the time.
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Yup, my parents rarely drive theirs, it kinda sits and waits until they need to haul with it.
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That looks like fun Chris. I would think you could put the rest of the brake crap back on for now. Your ebrake just won't work very well...

As for Ford ebrakes, they like to de-laminate from the backing and fall apart, much like GMs (especially trucks).
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I just serviced mine yesterday since the driver side one was hanging up. I was expecting parts to fall out too but it was ok. The expander was badly rusted and could not retract. I took everything off and actually had to file the thick rust off the expander. Reinstalled it with anti-seize. Works good now. I also adjusted the passenger side since that one never seemed to grab.
The job is not to bad, kinda done it before though. The Haynes book helps if you never done it before.
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