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Old 11-23-2010
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Lost a caliper bracket bolt today!

Heard it go when I was coming to a stop in the turn lane to my work. At first I thought ran something over. But when I accelerated it barely went and was grinding bad. Luckily I only had to drive 50 yards to get to my parking spot lol. Then waited for my lunch and grabbed the right bolt for it. No damage to my wheel or rotor luckily. And even my tape weights are still inside the wheel. Used locktite on both bolts and on the driver side too.

Worst part was the bad ford jokes from my buddy I work with who used to sell Chevys haha

Either way it couldve been worse if I was still on the highway or something.
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Old 11-23-2010
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been there done that a couple times. glad youre ok.
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Old 11-23-2010
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I like to think that if it was a chevy it'd prolly be on fire on the side of the road after losingthe bolt. Luckily your ford managed until the parking lot
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very true!

at first i thought it was maybe my wheel bearings or something. but when i heard the sound change when i applied the brakes i already knew what it was. haha
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That happened to me on the interstate one time. The bottom bolt fell out and when I hit the brakes the caliper wedged against the inside of the wheel and tried to rip me off the road. haha It was violent. I just took the top bolt out and put it in the bottom and drove it home. Now I took them all out and red locktighted the hell out of them.
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Old 11-24-2010
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haha glad youre ok, its happened to the best of us. ive had it happen to me but on my D44.
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Old 11-24-2010
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Torque to spec like the factory did. Thread locker alone will NOT keep the bolts in place if they are undertorqued. How many times will we go through this before someone is killed?

Spec for the large Caliper Anchor Bolts is 85 lb-ft in my 2003 shop manual. Others should be similar but check your shop manual to be sure.
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Old 11-24-2010
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When I do my spindle lift I am FOR SURE going to torque wrench everything. Or take it my mechanic to tighten everything down.

I would prefer not to kill myself with the truck I have dropped so much money into.
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Old 11-24-2010
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Torque to spec like the factory did. Thread locker alone will NOT keep the bolts in place if they are undertorqued. How many times will we go through this before someone is killed?

Spec for the large Caliper Anchor Bolts is 85 lb-ft in my 2003 shop manual. Others should be similar but check your shop manual to be sure.
To many people work on there trucks with the "it feels tight" method.....
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Happened to me also. Luckily I was going slow when it popped out. I believe it is a dealer only part._
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yes, dealer only. crappy part to lose.
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This just happened to me yesterday. Like some of the others, thankfully I was turning into a parking lot when it let go. I just put a new hub on and made sure to torque all the bolts down when I was done but the lower calliper bolt on the front right still fell out. Through an amazing stroke of luck I was able to find the bolt on the side of the road so I didn't have to replace it. Definitely going to lock-tite those things in now! Is there any danger to over-torquing the bolts?
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that happened to me on the highway about a year ago, i had to go find some at the juny yard, that was some scary **** right there
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Ha!
i've never lost a caliper bolt. but i've lost the inside pad TWICE!
like Bob said, keep 'em right and tight.
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Funny thing I had NEVER had that happen on any of my rangers, but it happened with the explorer lol.
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Torque to spec like the factory did. Thread locker alone will NOT keep the bolts in place if they are undertorqued. How many times will we go through this before someone is killed?

Spec for the large Caliper Anchor Bolts is 85 lb-ft in my 2003 shop manual. Others should be similar but check your shop manual to be sure.
i torqued mine to 90 the first time i did my breaks, still lost the bolt. i still go to 90 and i use a touch of loktite
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Old 11-25-2011
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I ruined a wheel when this happened, it got lodged and carved a nice gauge into the wheel which leaked air.

Gave me a reason to buy my soft 8s though
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i torqued mine to 90 the first time i did my breaks, still lost the bolt. i still go to 90 and i use a touch of loktite
Proper torque AND threadlocker is the way to go. That's how they came from the assembly line.
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Seeing all these threads about torquing to the right specs makes me want to go at mine with a Torque Wrench again.
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