There is a Tech Bulliten on your car, and the new pads should have been covered under the Warranty, because there is a new part number that must be used! Here's the TSB to dealers by Ford.
REAR BRAKE DRAG, NOISE, DUST, AND/OR PREMATURE PAD WEAR TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN Reference Number(s): 07-5-9, Date of Issue: March 19, 2007 Superceded Bulletin(s): 06-22-17, Date of Issue: November 13, 2006 Related Ref Number(s): 05-4-7, 06-22-17, 07-5-9 ARTICLE BEGINNING ISSUE Some 2005-2007 Freestyle FWD, Five Hundred, and Montego vehicles built before 11/29/2006 may exhibit rear brake drag after being parked for an extended period of time, brake noise, excessive brake dust and/or premature pad wear on one or both wheels. ACTION Follow the tsb Service Procedure steps to correct the condition. SERVICE PROCEDURE Replace rear brake pads with revised parts following a revised service procedure in the online Workshop Manual (WSM), Section 206-04. TIP: If the piston is unintentionally rotated in the wrong direction and the internal threads lose FORD: 2005-2007 Five Hundred, Freestyle MERCURY: 2005-2007 Montego NOTE: This article supersedes TSB 06-22-17 to update the Service Parts and include a production fix date for some vehicles. The production fix date excludes Freestyle AWD vehicles. WARNING: WHEN INSTALLING REVISED REAR BRAKE PADS ON FREESTYLE AWD VEHICLES, IT IS ALSO NECESSARY TO INSTALL REVISED FRONT PADS TO MAINTAIN PROPER BRAKE PERFORMANCE DUE TO THE VEHICLE'S WEIGHT. NOTE: THE LH CALIPER PISTON TURNS CLOCKWISE TO MOVE THE PISTON BACK INTO THE CALIPER AND THE RH CALIPER PISTON TURNS COUNTERCLOCKWISE TO MOVE THE PISTON BACK INTO THE CALIPER. USING THE SPECIAL TOOL, COMPRESS THE BRAKE CALIPER PISTON INTO ITS CYLINDER. WHILE ROTATING THE PISTON IN THE APPROPRIATE DIRECTION, A FORCE TOWARD THE PISTON MUST ALSO BE APPLIED WITH THE TOOL, OTHERWISE THE TOOL WILL SLIP OFF THE PISTON FACE AND PISTON WILL NOT SCREW INTO THE CYLINDER. Page 1 of 2 REAR BRAKE DRAG, NOISE, DUST, AND/OR PREMATURE PAD WEAR -2005 Fo...contact, the piston can be screwed back into the cylinder. If the Piston boot seal loses contact around the piston, replace the caliper because contamination may have entered. It may take a couple full turns before the threads engage. Be sure that the piston is aligned with the cylinder and a force toward the piston is applied while rotating. PARTS INFORMATION
NOTE: IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO MACHINE THE REAR ROTORS USING THE ROTUNDA ON-CAR BRAKE LATHE UNLESS ROTOR RUNOUT AND/OR RUST ARE EXCESSIVE. MACHINE THE REAR BRAKE DISCS IF THE DIAGNOSIS HAS REVEALED REAR THUMPING OR GRINDING NOISE WHILE BRAKING. HEAVILY SCORED BRAKE DISCS, SIMILAR TO THAT CAUSED BY PADS WORN DOWN TO THE BACKING PLATE, SHOULD ALSO BE MACHINED. IN ORDER TO MACHINE, DISCS MUST BE ABOVE THE MINIMUM THICKNESS TO MACHINE SPECIFICATION. REFER TO WSM SECTION 206-00 FOR DISC MACHINING INFORMATION.
WARRANTY INFORMATION WARRANTY STATUS: Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage.
IMPORTANT: Warranty coverage limits/policies are not altered by a TSB. Warranty coverage limits are determined by the identified causal part. Or maybe no warranty....sorry! But at least you know what to do in the future.
Sunday, March 8th, 2009 AT 3:42 PM