Question about 2005 Ford F-150
Rear rotor will not come off
You can't remove the rotors because the emergency brake is tight on the inside of the rotors. Make sure it's not engaged when you are working on the rear brakes. Block the front tires for saftey. Then you have to remove the rear calipers from the mounting brackets, there are two bolts that hold the calipers on. Make sure you hang the calipers securily with some wire so you don't damage the rubber brake line hose. Then you need to adjust the emergency parking brake shoes in order to remove the rotors. Theres a rubber plug on the backside of the rear hubs, once you look at the back of the hub you'll see the plug. It's on the top. Once you take out the plug, you need to use a screw driver to turn the star spindel. You need to turn the star spindel counter-clockwise in order to give yourself enough clearance to remove the rotors. The beauty of this design is that ford incorporated a drum and caliper system together, but it's difficult to take off the rotors if the emergency brake shoes are to tight. The inside of the rotors acts as the drums for the emergency brake system. I've done this and it's not that hard, but, I did have to replace the emergency brake shoes because they were worn out and the shoes fell off the metal backing plates when I finally got the rotors to come off. They only glued these shoes onto the backing plates, they don't rivet them so take your time getting the rotors off or you can damage the emergency brake shoes, but if you do they are cheap at napa. My service guide says to install the new rotors, use a couple of lug nuts to hold it on, then adjust the star spindal for the emergency brake all the way clockwise until you can't turn it anymore, then you must back it off 8 clicks counter-clockwise. Make sure the emergency brake is not engaged when you are doing this, the 8 clicks backwards compensates for when you do engage the parking brake because the shoes expands outwards. This adjustment sets the emergency brakes so they work properly. Once the emergency brake is properly set you can't remove the rear rotors, which is what your initial problem is. Then install the rubber plug back in the hole, put on the new pads and calipers and you're good to go.
Posted on Jun 25, 2008
I just removed the outer brake pad, then removed the slide pins and boots. Then I bolted the caliper back on with a 5/8 socket as a spacer in between the caliper and the bolt. Then I hit the brake pedal and POP it was free.
Posted on Nov 04, 2010
The rotors are stuck on brake pads
Posted on Jan 13, 2015
yes they should come off unless they are stuck. this is where the problem arises. if the rotors are stuck. what you can do is slam the whole piece where the rotor is on a block of wood so that it won't be damaged. but the rotor would not be touching the wood. let the weight of the rotor force itself off it's holder.
as it comes off, you could notice the rust that have caused it to stuck.
clean it thoroughly before assembling back.
i hope i was able to help,
Posted on Aug 17, 2008
Shouldn't be too bad at all. If you have done brakes before. Remove tire, after securly jacking up vehicle and putting on some sort of solid object ex. axle stand. Then remove the caliper, should be two hex head slide pins or "bolts" persay. Then hang the caliper so you do not stretch or crack the brake line, use a piece of mechanics wire or something. Then the disk should pop off with a little persuasion. If not the parking brake is too tight. There is an inspection plug, remove that, loosen e-brake. Boom done. Congrats. Reassemble reverse.
Posted on Mar 09, 2009
SOURCE: Rear brakes on 2005 F-150
If you can't compress the piston with reasonable ease...you may have a frozen caliper. It does not "screw in" like GM models. It either presses back into caliper or it doesn't. If it's that hard to press it back in...get a new caliper.
Posted on Aug 02, 2008
use a large c-clamp to bottom out the caliper pistons remove the caliper bolts .slip out the pads and remove the caliper from the disk
hang the caliper from a coathanger wire to avoid damaging the brakeline after replacement of the pads;brake bleeding is not needed Rotors are held on to the axle like a wheel; with bolts
Posted on May 29, 2009
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