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Old 08-04-2017, 01:31 PM   #1
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Original brakes with 168000 miles

I just picked up a 2001 Sport Trac from the original owner 168457 miles, he had every receipt for all the work done, all at the Ford dealer, he told me he never had rear ( drum brakes ) brakes put on, does this sound possible? I haven't had time yet to pull the wheels and look for myself.
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:21 PM   #2
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Yes it's possible, especially if a lot of the miles were highway so less braking. Most of the braking is done by the front, and the way these older SUVs are geared, they slow themselves down without throttle which helps, plus he might have been a gentle driver... some people just develop the habit to coast to a stop more than others.

I'm still on my original rear on my '98. It does have lower mileage but enough of the pad material remaining that I opted to leave them on last time they were checked.

What you could do even with the wheels on is run your fingernail along the rotor front and back surface to see if it's smooth. If it's deeply (relative to new rotors I mean) ridged then it is due for both rotor and pad replacement. I mean with ridges you probably don't have enough rotor thickness left to lathe them flat again.
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Old 08-04-2017, 07:48 PM   #3
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I said that also, you have all the weight up front, I have drum brakes in the rear. I have a Sport Trac if that makes a difference.
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:48 PM   #4
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Oh, drums last even longer so yeah, it's not surprising that it's on the originals, though it's more work if/when you decide to overhaul them.
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Thanks JC, I'm gonna just pick a sit up and put them on the next week or so.
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Old 08-06-2017, 02:09 PM   #6
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Keep in mind, it may really be time to overhaul it, maybe new hardware, new caliper, even new drum and it may be a real PITA to get the drum off at this point. Depends on the climate, here I get a good amount of rust buildup over time.

The more often they're checked, the more the lip that forums in the drum friction surface, on the edge is necessarily removed when it's pulled off. I'm just thinking that if you did everything in the drum while it's off, it should be good for a long time instead of having to dig into it again later. However if you do have rust then it's a concern whether the brake lines will come off the caliper w/o damage, and then if the soft line needed replaced, if it'll come off the hard line w/o damage. Soft lines are cheap. Hard line ran to the front of the vehicle in the frame is a pain, but at least can be done in a day if you already have all tools needed.

If the rust between hub and drum is slight then I'll use PB Blaster to loosen it, but if severe then I wire brush away some rust and put naval jelly there it eat away at some of it, then probably still need to use a rubber mallet or hammer and a lot of patience. A blow torch can also be used to expand the drum but try not to beat on it when hot/soft.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:39 PM   #7
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I might have a lot to look forward to, I'll just hope for the best. The guy I picked the car up from took great care of it, I'm sure he had the brakes looked at during his 16 year run with the car.
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PS when I get to it, I'll let you know how bad it was.
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