When I go to buy brake pads for this car, everyone's computer systems
shows ceramic and non-ceramic pads available for this car. They also
show different selections for steel versus phenolic pistons. How do I
Hi Ward, There are other pad choices not shown in their computers. I choose
the organic pads myself. Metalic and ceramic just make too
much dust and dirt all over the wheels, and they seem to cause a lot more
rotor wear. I change them out every 2 years anyhow.
Just ask the auto parts store to look them up, most can get them in 1 day if
not in stock. Almost never have I seen steel pistons in the ford
cars sold to the public. Phenolic pistons are brown in color a resin
composite like textolite. As I recall there are 2 different pad retainer
sizes a small three fingered spring clip and a larger sized pattern.
Can't comment on the pads but would go for phenolic pistons. A decade
ago Ford used aluminum pistons in some applications and experienced a
lot of brake problems due to heat transfer between the pads and brake
fluid. Their solution was to replace aluminum pistons with Phenolic
ones. The phenolic material conducts way less heat than metal
especially if aluminum. IMO if you are a heavy user of your brakes, get
rid of the metal pistons.
If you are a "hard braker" those phelnolic pistons will fall apart. I've
seen probably 50 pair or more damaged from heat. Bottom line: look at the
pistons to be sure they are ok, take a pair of the old pads with you to get
the right ones for sure. Like the other poster said, there are big clip
ones, and small clip ones. I think there are even two different size pads.
I just did a 4-wheel job on my '95 CV - I used the "PFC-CARBON-METALIC" pads
from AutoZone. I was always pleased with the way this car stopped with the
4-wheel discs and ABS but it is a even better now. Narry a squeak or
squawk, either. Price was not too bad, either, for a performance pad. I
think they were about $40 per set and the cheapos were $10, but the $10 ones
had a 1-year warranty, mine are forever.
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