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Old 09-21-2007
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Time to change the front brakes

So my front passenger side brakes started squeaking a lot a few days ago, I just turned 46k on my 2002 Ranger so I figured its time to change the front brakes... I haven't checked them yet but I have a couple questions first...


These stock brakes have always squeaked a bit since I got the truck; I wanted to know what pads you guys recommend metallic or ceramic for these trucks? I want something quiet but good stopping power. I read ceramic pads don't last as long but are easier on the rotors. What type of pads do they put on these trucks stock?

I have a 4.0 4x4 Ranger. I will have the rotors turned and I can see they have only worn maybe a 1/6 of an inch. Do you think I should check the rear drums as well?


Thanks for all the input... Let me know what brakes you recommend! I plan on having the breaks bleed when I am done too.


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im stickin with Hawk HPS, i can change them myself, but dont have a way to turn the rotors, im gonna take it to my bros auto shop class at school and do it there
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Ceramic is fine for your rotors. They stop your vehicle, and you will adjust/get used to them. I have always used ceramic, and the brakes have been changed twice by me in 90,000 miles...and I've had 33" tires on there for the majority of that time. I just used Duralast from an autoparts store.

The other pads are obviously better, but it's 2+ times the price, and you have stock rotors. If I switched to slotted, drilled, or both...I'd definitely upgrade to premium stuff...

Not being cheap, but it's just practical for my 95% street driving...

Just me though...
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I am all for spending the extra bucks... I thought ceramic was the higher end pads compared to metallic or even semi-metallic.
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Gr...apologies. I was thinking from your post "ceramic," and typed it TWICE! Yea, I use semi-metallic...

I would recommend not using full metallic.

My friend and I switched his Integra 4-way disc pads. He uses the "Green Stuff" and it has worked flawlessly. He has incredible braking power, and I have nothing bad to say. This is not in relation to my ranger...we both noticed a significant difference before with his stock and after with the GS. Very good product...

http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/pr...=brake_pad_set
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I changed my front pads yesterday as they were trashed with only 35K on the clock. Lots of stop and go driving around here. I used Autozone semi-metallic pads. Was going to go with Green Stuff pads but I couldn't wait for them to be shipped. Changing pads on these trucks is a peice of cake.
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I did mine with about 70,000 on the truck last summer. I think I used metallic... whichever one has more breaking power is the one I used. Just be careful, I managed to put myself in the ER and was on oxycodone for 2 weeks after that project, which negated the cost savings of doing the job myself.
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I did mine with about 70,000 on the truck last summer. I think I used metallic... whichever one has more breaking power is the one I used. Just be careful, I managed to put myself in the ER and was on oxycodone for 2 weeks after that project, which negated the cost savings of doing the job myself.
What happened there?!?
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I messed up my back trying to break the bolts loose. Seriously, when I broke my leg skiing, it felt good compared to this.
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Those bolts are such a biotch. LEVERAGE !
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yeah i was painting my calipers on Thrusday, and i wanted to take em off, but left my big bar at work...i was like ***** it and just taped em off, and painted while they were on
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I did mine with about 70,000 on the truck last summer. I think I used metallic... whichever one has more breaking power is the one I used. Just be careful, I managed to put myself in the ER and was on oxycodone for 2 weeks after that project, which negated the cost savings of doing the job myself.

Have you heard of a breaker bar or stacking wrenches? Maybe even a mallet and some hitting finesse?

First time mine were stuck too..something is wrong there...does not need to require that much force...


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I took my front tires off today.

Checked my front pads and it is time to replace, the pad on the inside passenger-side is starting to rub the rotor as I suspected. So I plan on picking one of these pads here:
http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/pr...=brake_pad_set

Thanks for the help everyone, I have another vehicle I will drive until I get the brakes replaced.
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I messed up my back trying to break the bolts loose. Seriously, when I broke my leg skiing, it felt good compared to this.
Fellow fireman :)....Well just looking for a good department . Anyhow, yea I messed my back up as well and I don't think your ever the same after that. Bent over to pick up the trash and slipped a disc. Now I have 3 verts out of place and pinched nerves...All at the age of 27...I'm screwed...:(
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Fellow fireman :)....Well just looking for a good department . Anyhow, yea I messed my back up as well and I don't think your ever the same after that. Bent over to pick up the trash and slipped a disc. Now I have 3 verts out of place and pinched nerves...All at the age of 27...I'm screwed...:(

Y'are not.

Hang from your knees on the monkey bar, fool.

Stretch, twist, do crunches upside down, work at it.

You're young.

Tread water without using your arms, get a good no-impact twist regime going. I guarantee you'll feel 200% improvement after 6 days, doing SOMETHING like I described at least 20 minutes/day. Start with < 5 minute bends, twists and stretches but DO the total 20 minutes, every day.

There are different color elastic workout bands that can do ANYTHING you need with a doorknob, eyehook in the ceiling, etc. Be creative.

PROVE me wrong.
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Hm...wow. I don't have problems *knocks on wood* but I've not heard of those physical traning or excerises before.


How are the brakes coming?
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