1996 Ford Bronco Front Rotor Replacement

Tiny
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  • 1996 FORD BRONCO
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 180,000 MILES
I have heard that mid-90'ish Fords have had brake caliper issues, where they stick and wear out brake pads quickly, is this true? My 1996 Ford Bronco has been in twice for the calipers sticking and now I'm about to start replacing both front rotors, calipers, and pads. It's an auto-4x4 and I have no idea how to get the rotors off. My repair manual is little to no help. Any help you can provide with this task would be greatly appreciated.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 AT 5:21 PM

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Tiny
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Its not that the calipers stick, its the caliper slides that stick. You have to make sure they are clean and well lubricated. You will need a manual to replace the rotors unfortunately. I think if I try to talk you through it you will only get confused.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 AT 5:24 PM
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The only thing that's difficult about replacing the rotors is taking apart the hub. There's a lot of c-clips and parts, when I did it the first time without a manual is take one part out at a time and put it all in a row in the order you removed it. If it still has the stock automatic hubs it's got a c ring that's a pain to get out but it's easy from there.

Then when you get it all out, bearings and all the hub just pulls off. Then depending on the rotors you get, you need to hammer out the studs and put the hub housing on the new rotor and make sure the studs are hammered back flush. If you need help I'll keep an eye on this post and walk you through it. Good luck and let me know how it goes.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 AT 9:17 PM
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Tim,
Thanks for the rapid reply.
Right now, it's my intention to go to the local auto store and see what they have in tech manuals. Pretty much the one I have, I've read it and it's still a bit confusing to me. The steps are there as far as remove this, and remove that, but, without any guidance on HOW to do the removal.
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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 AT 7:25 AM
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Replacing the hub may not be an issue anyhow, cuz the rotor I'm looking at buying (link below) has the hub included. Yes it's more expensive, but it also has the ABS sensor as well.
Are there any special tools that I'm going to need to replace the hub? Or a tool that will aid in getting that pain in the (bad word) C-Clip out?
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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 AT 7:32 AM
Tiny
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I looked at what you had at autozone and im looking at a rear end pinion bearing. Besides snap ring pliers and the socket for the wheel bearing preload and lock nut. Just be careful taking it apart, I would lay it out on clean rags exactly how it comes apart. You should be ok
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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 AT 4:22 PM
Tiny
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Sorry about my language, I'll edit it. As far as the c-clip I find it easiest with a 90 degree pick. But it still takes a little work. The hub should be fine I was talking about the housing that it all sits in. You can buy the rotors with or without it, that rotor you're lookin at looks good, you'll just have to take out the hub and put that one right on. Just like tim says you don't really even need a manual, just do them one at a time so you can reference with the other and take it apart one piece at a time laying them out in order. Also since you're doing it it might be the perfect time to get new bearings, or you'll at least want to repack them with grease.
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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 AT 10:06 PM

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