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Re: Changing front rotors on F100 1978.
Jack the front up. Place jack stands under the axle so it wont fall on you. Remove the front wheels. Remove the brake calipers. Your vehicle will have two long bowed pieces that you knock out of a track to remove the calipersTwo on each side. Then remove the dust cover over the hub. Remove the kotter key and back the nut off and remove it. Gently pull on the rotor and remove it. After removal place it on some wood block with the face up. Place the lug nuts back onto the lugs to protect the threads. Use a heavy brass hammer to pound the lugs back through the rotpr one at a time until they are all removed. Remove the nuts from the lugs and push the lugs out completly and the rotor will lift off. Reverse the procedure to replace the rotor. While the hubs are off you may as well replace the wheel seals and grease the wheel bearings as you may have damaged the seals during removal. These steps should get the job done. If you need further clarification please feel free to ask. I'm more than glad to help direct or answer your questions. Let me know how it goes for you.
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If they don't look the same Than they are not the same. Thre are two different rotors for the fronts for this car. One is for vehicles with 15" wheels and the other is for the performance package pwhich would have 16 & 17 inch wheels.
Take the new rotors back along with the old ones and they should be able to figureout what you need.
It is possible for new rotors to be out of round and require turning with a brake lathe in order to make them true. More times than not it is not necessary but it can happen. Just in case the right rotors are installed and you still get a vibration,
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No way, they are ripping you big time, Shops make money on brake jobs, but that is a little extreme. I would call rip-off alert and report that one. The $150 price is a little more reasonable. Even if you have to go to the junk yard for rotors, Changing the pads is a one hour job, and depending how the rotors are attached, 2 more hours at the most plus, pads, $30, plus rotors, $100 max, It sounds like they might have quoted the wrong price to start and then tried to squirm out of it by telling you it was going to be $500. Get another quote or do it yourself. Hope this helps.
Actually, changing the front rotors is not that difficult and they are relatively in-expensive. Anytime you change the pads on the front of your vehicle i would recommend having the rotors resurfaced or replaced. Especially if you are getting a brake pedal pulse when applying the brakes. Here is a step by step guide that will help you in removing your Front rotors.
A slick surface has nothing to do with it, it would actually be less of a noise on a slick surface,and if its a wet road, the water acts as lubricant on the pads, it sound like the job was done wrong, a pad clip broke, they did not clean the rotor( bad groves or chips in rotor, may had needed a resurface) or they did resurface the rotor too good and the pads glazed over and are like to hard surfaces touching. You need someone to pull the front two tires and inspect the calipers and rotors, someone that knows what they are doing. If the pads are still new and the rotor is slick,(very smooth ) they need to be ruffed up with a coarse sand paper, or the sand disk that mechanics use on rotors.
For rear pads rear rotors changing procedure
you need lift up car,secure front wheels,
disconect rear wheels from rotors,(if you missing
the bolts try drill it whith portable electric drill at first smal drill 3 mm diameter,then 10 mm diameter.)Disconect the hydraulics breake cylinders cearefully putt it on plate not tears the house.Change beake pads.Unscrew the rotor whith hexagonal
wrench.Setup the hand bracke clearance.Putt agan the rotor on rear axis.Assembly the breake cylinders ,and wheel tighening 110 Hm.