the rotors on the windstar are just like most fords... jack up front of
car, take off the wheel... remove the caliper and hand the caliper with
some wire to the fender well(you dont want the caliper to be hanging and
break the brake hose.... then you can take off the rotor...on mine there
is some sheet metal bolts(flat parts that go over two of the lug bolts
that i just remove with a flat bladed screw driver and some needle nose
pliers(gotta get them moving and they will unscrew just like an ordinary
bolt... then i take a hammer/mallet and hit the rotor from behind and it
comes off... sometimes the rust or corrosion will have the rotor on
tight, but a few hits is all it takes.. no force is used... when you put
them back on you just shove the sheet metal bolts back on... and the
wheel and lug nuts hold them on.. this is for the front disc brakes on
just about every ford..... i also take the top off the master cylinder
and remove some brake fluid with a large turkey baster(large plastic eye
dropper) at walgreens for about $2.00 or the dollar stores for $1.00...
what you take out you throw away... and then use a large C-clamp to
screw in the pistons in the caliper so the new brake pads will have
enough room to go in (the new pads will be larger than the old ones you
taking out.... so you gotta push the pistons back in.......
the rears are simialr if you have rear disc. brakes, only the caliper
pistons have to be screwed in with a piston tool or some needle nose
pliers (they have to screwed in by turning the piston into the bore and
pushing it inward..... a little different than the front ones where you
only shove in.....
hope this helps.
If your '98 is set up anything like my '95, part of the caliper bracket has
to come off to remove the rotor. It is held on with two bolts that took an
enormous amount of torque to remove the first time I replaced the rotors. A
long handle half-inch drive ratchet did the trick. The factory must have
put locktite on the threads when it was assembled. I learned that replacing
rotors when replacing pads was the only way to do a brake job on this car.
Then the brakes lasted longer and warping didn't occur until the pads wore
out. I have had good luck with lower end rotors and quality pads like
bendix. Good luck.
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