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Rear brakes on 2005 F150

Rear rotor will not come off

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  • allen7694 Feb 13, 2009

    one side came of just fine by following your advice but the other side appears to be broken on the inside the adjuster does not seem to make a differance how can i go about getting this thing off so i can fix it?

  • bigbluehowie Feb 15, 2009

    I tryed this and still didn't work

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2009

    I2005 F-150 rear rotor 4wd I have backed off the star wheel fully so that the rotor is free tuning, I cannot break the rotor free of the axle even with hits with 5 lb hammer. Can I use a torch to break it loose? with out damaging the axel seal?


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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.

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  • bendelapp Nov 04, 2010

    Most of the reason the rotor won't come off is the fitment between the hub and the rotor. Even after I got mine off I put it back on and it was stuck again.

    Some use heat, some use hammers, I saw a video on youtube using bolts in the caliper mount holes to Push it off.

    I used the caliper to Push it off. 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.


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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.

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The rotors are stuck on brake pads

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SOURCE: need to replace the rear rotors on the ford f150 2005 4x4

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.

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SOURCE: Rear brake rotors on a 2005 F150stx

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.

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SOURCE: Rear brakes on 2005 F-150

If you can't compress the piston with reasonable 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.


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SOURCE: Rear brake rotor removal

Should just pop right off. Hit it gently with rubber mallet, it might have rusted to the hub

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SOURCE: R&R rotors and calipers on 2005 Ford 500 to do brake job

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

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