I think I saw cross drilled and slotted ones if you want to pay $1000 for brake parts. I wasn't sure that would be worth it. There are Ceramic pads. From what I saw, they have more brake fade in this application, at least according to the letter ratings. These brakes are not that big for such a big vehicle, maybe that is the reason.NEWBIE HERE. I'M WONDERING WHY I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY SLOTTED OR CROSS-DRILLED ROTORS ? ALSO IS ANYONE USING CERAMIC BRAKE PADS?
[BTW, I'M NOT SHOUTING. I HAVE VISION PROBLEMS AND CAPS WORK BETTER FOR ME]
M I C - K E Y -M O U S E.But have you seen this? The brakes on my 2005 Sprinter are in need of some care as I have a wobble in at least one wheel. I took off both the front wheels and found that locking screw to be welded over. I have not seen such a thing before and I am wondering if it is some signal to the next mechanic (me) to not use the rotors again because they have been turned? Something else?
I am thinking when I get the new rotors, trying to get the weld cap off with an angle grinder hoping to still get the Torx on it. If not, grind the whole head off leaving the bolt as an alignment stud.
This is a great thread, thank you to everyone for all the effort.
ALSO IS ANYONE USING CERAMIC BRAKE PADS?
Welding a piece on was effective. Re-installing the same fastener...I think that bolt was seized, so they welded something to the head to extract it. For some dumb reason they then put the bolt back, and cut off the nut/rod they used to extract it. You can drill out the bolt, or weld a nut to it for extraction.
Maybe it should have just been left out.M I C - K E Y -M O U S E.
That explains the photos disappearing--I've seen that a lot on here, old posts where the content exists the the photos are at dead links. But my question is, shouldn't the writeup itself (minus pics) be here somewhere? I searched thru all his posts and couldn't find it.He used a free picture hosting site that held photos temporarily.
But my question is, shouldn't the writeup itself (minus pics) be here somewhere? I searched thru all his posts and couldn't find it.
Dual rear wheels? You have a 3500 model Sprinter....
Also, it appears I have studs and lug nuts. Every YouTube video and discussion I've read here had me expecting screw-in bolts holding the wheels on. I had to have missed a few posts explaining which models have what.
Open the bleeder screws BEFORE you compress the caliper pistons or you risk moving contamination back up into the CAB aka ABS module....OK time to read up on this "bleeding" concept. I always skipped that step in the past on other vehicles (not that I'm experienced but did 2 brake jobs on my friends cars 10 years ago, knowing that I would never ride with them again). It seems more important now that I'm older and smarter and driving a rolling house on mountain roads.
I always use a tube and plastic container. I dump SMALL amounts like that into my waste oil. Technically that isn't allowed, but if it is a very small amount......
Question, would you recommend attaching a tube and catch jar or just let the fluid fall onto a rag or something? I have no clue how much fluid to expect when I compress the piston.
Thanks for your time!
What size tube would you recommend? 1/4"?I always use a tube and plastic container. I dump SMALL amounts like that into my waste oil. Technically that isn't allowed, but if it is a very small amount...
It is best to save it as a separate liquid waste and dispose of it during a municipal toxic waste disposal campaign.
I just went to Home Depot and got a couple sizes of vinyl tubing and saw what fit. Was only a few bucks. I used glass jars to hold the waste brake fluid as it may attack some plastics. I eventually poured it back into the metal cans the new brake fluid came from and my city did take it as hazardous waste with no issue. I flushed the system using one of these:What size tube would you recommend? 1/4"?
Luckily here in Columbus, OH the hazardous waste facility is open 5-6 days a week. One thing we do right! Hopefully auto parts stores would accept it too along with used oil. Because with all the places I'm NOT allowed to work on my RV, I'm probably going to have to service it in in the woods somewhere, or an auto zone parking lot.
This country needs to offer convenient and free methods of disposing of these things if they want to discourage people from dumping them in the trash or in the woods. It should never be difficult to do the "right" thing.