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#36 of 58 '95 Ford Windstar R/Rear Drum Brake Adjuster
Nov 17, 2008 (9:26 pm)
My brother's 1995 Windstar has had the rear drums replaced, brake hardware replaced, as well as the shoes. I had to cut a hole in the old R/R drum to access the brake adjuster to back of the old shoes to get the drum off. After replacing all the hardware, and checking for correct installation, and safe setting the brake shoes, using a gauge, they still act like they want to back off and not touch the inside of the drum. When you slightly push on the brakes, you get a thumping noise and slight pulsation of the pedal. Pushing hard it goes away. The ABS is malfunctioning, as it makes a noise when stopping and at slow speed, or final stop, so I pulled the fuse. The ABS induced noise went away. But I will check the ABS ring gear on that wheel to see if it is the cause. The brake adjuster acts like it is working in reverse to to back off the shoes, rather than set them against the drum as they wear. Any other ideas?
#37 of 58 How to Bleed Brakes
Feb 08, 2009 (9:16 am)
2001 Windstar sel...installed new front brakes..we are having a problem bleeding them. Could someone tell us what to do. No air is coming out. We have tried front passenger them rear driver with no luck.
Is it possible to do at home or do we need a mechanic.
Jun 10, 2009 (8:11 pm)
Changed shoes. No problems, but now it feels like the emergency brake is always on and the drums are overheating. Any ideas??????
#39 of 58 Re: Rear drum brakes [jackitup1972]
Jun 10, 2009 (8:35 pm)
On my own Windstar I had the problem of having to replace my front disc pads 2-3 times a year until I discovered that my front callipers were sticking and overheating, and that this was a very common problem which results in very rapid disc pad wear.
Once I replace those sticking front calipers, the problem was solved.
It's probably a good idea to just replace the calipers with each brake job while your at it. Rebuilt calipers are not that expensive, and by changing them with each brake job, it's cheap insurance to not have to replace the brake pads so often.
#40 of 58 Rear brake knock
Jun 19, 2009 (7:21 pm)
Just did a brake job on my Windstar, front and back. I have replace everything with new from the back plate out. I have a knock that occurs every 360 degrees when applying the brakes in the left rear. I told the auto parts store about it and they replaced the shoes and drum. They said that they have heard of hard spots doing this. I replace these items and the knock is still there. The hub seems fine and I am very confused. I have had it apart a few times and it all looks good. Nothing stands out at all. Any ideas?
#41 of 58 Re: Rear brake knock [roadstar1]
Jun 19, 2009 (8:26 pm)
It is possible that either the inside or the outside wheel bearing could have a damaged needle bearing. Remove the wheel, remove the bearings, clean them in solvent, allow to dry, (Remember to never used compressed air to dry the bearing. This will cause the bearing to spin while dry. This will damage the bearing), Examine the needle bearings using a bright light and a magnifying glass. If there is bluing, rusting, groves or rings, on any of the bearings, replace the damaged bearing, as well as the bearing race using the proper methods, correct tools, and recommended wheel grease, packing the wheel bearing as specified. This should correct the noise that occurs with every rotation when you apply your brakes. Good Luck. Let me know if this helps!
#42 of 58 Re: Rear brake knock [geneisaac1]
Jun 20, 2009 (4:23 am)
I never thought of that, I appreciate it and it makes sense. I will check it out and let you know. Thanks!!
#43 of 58 Ford Winstar 2003 -ABS light
Jul 02, 2009 (4:18 am)
I'm hearing squeeking noise from my back tires but the light doesn't always come on on the dash; the ABS light. Can anyone help me? I hope this isn't going to cost me a fortune.
#44 of 58 Re: Rear drum brakes [geneisaac1]
Jul 06, 2009 (10:06 am)
I just took in my 2001 Windstar and was given a quote of $630 (I'm in Aurora Colorado) to replace the two calipers, two rotors and the front pads. They said my brakes and brake fluid are fine (even though my brake warning light indicators are going on and off intermittently). Does this seem like a reasonable quote to you?
Thanks for the advice on replacing the calipers with each brake job - wish I had done so before.
#45 of 58 A reasonable quote?
Jul 06, 2009 (1:18 pm)
Q: Does this seem like a reasonable quote to you?
A: I am handy, have high school auto shop experience, have some tools and shop manuals, so I do my own brake work. I honestly think that $630 is a lot to pay for so simple of a job. It's not the mechanic that gets most the profits, it's the dealership that charges $65/hr. Try to locate a DIY mechanic or a local vocational school with an auto shop instructor to overlook the job. However, If you are not strapped for cash, then by all means have the work done by a professional mechanic that will stand behind his work. Sometimes a mechanic will do the work on the side on a Saturday or a Sunday. Good Luck!