'04 Super Cab w/ Under 20k - Front Brakes Squealing Badly

I bought this truck new and I have about 19.4k miles on it. A few weeks ago the front brakes have started squealing badly. I looked at the rotors this morning and they look like they are getting very
scored.
I was thinking just a quick tear down, cleaning, heat grease application on the pads would do the trick, but now looking at the rotors I doubt that is the case. The rotors look like they must be turned to fix the noise issue.
Does the 3yr MFG warranty apply in this case? For under 20k I think I will have a hard time eating the cost, and I know what the Ford dealers charge for rotors, etc. I know I have to call them but just wondering if I had any rights in this case.
I also have TSB 05-21-19, Front brake roughness - shudder while breaking. I wonder if I have the old style rotors and if they are contributing to the problem. The new style has 47 fins.
Thanks, msleeper
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Probably not. Ask Ford.
I think that you must ride around with your left foot resting on the brake pedal, and this causes the brakes to wear out prematurely. You could also live in an urban area where the freeway traffic is stop-n-go, and you mash the gas to get going and mash the brake to stop again. This also causes severe brake wear. Either way, you've managed to wear the brakes out and I seriously doubt the warranty will give you any comfort.
For under 20k I think I

I think you are getting ready to purchase a new set of rotors. I would NOT buy these from the stealership if I was faced with this problem.
After fixing the brakes, I take special care to be sure I followed further behind the car in front so I could avoid using my brakes more than is really necessary, and I'd have my left foot amputated so I did not rest it on the brake pedal.
Resting the left foot on the brake pedal causes two problems, one you just found out about, and the other being that those behind you have no clue when you REALLY are using the brakes, and when you are being a bonehead and resting your foot on the brake pedal.
Just for the record, I routinely get more than 50,000 miles from my brakes, so I know a bit about what I am telling you to do.
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Jeff Strickland wrote:

Thanks for the input but just for the record I have never in my life driven with my left foot on anything other than a clutch pedal and only when shifting. I do hit a lot of stop and go city traffic during my evening commute, sometimes in the morning too on the highway.
I just can't believe 20k and I need rotors!!!! This has never happened to me before.
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I can believe it. I don't know any ford truck that was ever any good on brakes. i remember always having to do the pads at least every 20k kms. now the rotors, maybe not. but you say you bought it used??? are they warped, or worn?
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Picasso wrote:

No, truck was bought new in March of 2005. Only has about 19.4k miles on it right now. The rotors are not warped, I hand torque the lugs each tire rotation to 150 ft lbs. I am seeing what appears to be excessive scoring on the driver's side rotor, the passenger side does not look as bad. I am going to have to let it go for a few more weeks until I have the time and money to tear them down and inspect and possibly replace the pads and rotors. I might consider getting the rotors machined, given the price of new OEM rotors.
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Sorry to make a suggestion that you are an idiot. It turns out you are fine with the left foot, but one has to explore the possibility ...
All I can think of is that you must drive in such a manner to require the brakes too much. I also do a lot of stop-n-stop driving, so I follow at a distance that allows me to coast a lot when the brakes lights come on two or three cars ahead of me. I suppose the guy behind gets pissed, but he'll get over it. At least I don't have to buy brakes all of the time.
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It sounds like a normal wear and tear issue. Unless there is something in the TSB about rapid brake wear.
However, you have nothing to lose by taking the truck to the Ford dealer. Either, they may be surprisingly cheap, or, you might get lucky, and they will cover it.
Jeff

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I think Ford puts CHEAP brake pads on at the factory. My 1992 Ranger needed REAR brakes at 22,000 miles (almost unheard of), but the front lasted over 70,000 and were replaced during a caliper replacement because of stuck pistons. The replacement rear brakes currently still look new after over 60,000 on them..
My 2002 work van (E150) needed new front pads and rotors turned at 24,000, but the replacement pads have worn less than 50% at 49,000.
Just CHEAP factory brakes to save on manufacturing costs in my opinion.....

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