AfterMarketNews Auto Care Pro AutoCareCareerHub Auto-Video.com Brake&Frontend BodyShopBusiness Counterman EngineBuilder Fleet Equipment ImportCar Motorcycle & Powersports News Servicio Automotriz Shop Owner Tire Review Tech Shop Tomorrow's Tech Underhood Service Speedville

Automechanika Frankfurt 2014 Wrap Up: Photo Gallery

Aftermarket News Managing Editor Mark Phillips represented the Babcox Media team at Automechanika Frankfurt 2014. You can catch up on a lot of last week's news from the show at Aftermarket News or the Counterman Twitter account or just take a look...

Read more...

Auto Care Marketing: Price Sensitive vs. Fear Sensitive

For 2014, I changed my health care insurance from a traditional plan to a health savings account (HSA). Basically, the first $2,500 (pre-tax) of medical expenses are on me. I was confused at first, but soon found that it did have some entertainment...

Read more...

Work Smarter With Procedures, Measurement And Accountability

You’re working harder and faster today to stay ahead of the competition and boost profitability in a challenging business environment. You’re providing the highest quality repairs and top-notch customer service so that your shop’s car count...

Read more...

Audi: Vibrates at Idle

Complaint The customer says that the check engine light is on and that the vehicle vibrates at idle. Cause The customer’s complaint is confirmed, with the vehicle vibrating at idle, but the vibration was not felt at high speeds. A scan tool found...

Read more...

Step-by-Step Lexus Fuel Pump Replacement

We will use a third-generation 2006 Lexus LS430 as our case study for this fuel pump assembly replacement. First, discharge the fuel system pressure, disconnect the negative battery terminal and drain the fuel. Be sure to remove the rear seat cushion...

Read more...

Nissan: Squeak From Fuel Pump

Customer may report a squeak noise that is: • Coming from inside the vehicle; • Happens after driving for 30 minutes; • Is coming from under the vehicle or from the left rear area of the vehicle. If you confirm that a “squeak” noise...

Read more...

Midtronics Launches Informational Microsite

  Midtronics, Inc. has launched an informational microsite — or mini website — to provide customers with detailed information about the company’s newest diagnostic platform — the DSS-7000 Battery Service Diagnostic System. The microsite...

Read more...

German Tool Specialist KC Tool Announces Addition of Gedore Tools

As of August 1 KC Tool became the first certified reseller of Gedore Tools in the United States already adding more than 2,500 Gedore tools to its selection of German made tools. KC Tool plans to add an additional 6,000 Gedore Tools over the next few...

Read more...

United Stationers Expands Into Auto Aftermarket

United Stationers announced Sept. 11 that its wholly owned subsidiary, United Stationers Supply Co., signed an agreement to acquire MEDCO, a U.S. wholesaler of automotive aftermarket tools and supplies, and its affiliates including G2S Equipment de Fabrication...

Read more...

A/C Oil Service: Avoid Compressor Failure With Proper Maintenance

HVAC systems often fail because the air conditioning compressor fails. Not following the proper service procedures or compressor oil recommendations could be factors that contribute to premature compressor failure. Refrigerant Since the mid-‘90s,...

Read more...

How Ford's New Grille Shutters Control Airflow

Some new Ford vehicles feature active grille shutters — a new system that optimizes aerodynamics by using vents to control airflow through the grille to the cooling system and engine compartment. If air is required to cool the engine, the vents...

Read more...

How Engine Coolant Temperature Sensors Influence The Modern Powertrain

  Considering that roughly 1,500 or more ­different vehicle models are introduced into our domestic market each year, it’s becoming more difficult to predict how a powertrain control module (PCM) will utilize data from a particular sensor or...

Read more...

Home Brake Job Tech Feature: 2004-2008 Ford F-150 Brake Job Top 10 Tips

Print Print Email Email

1. ORDERING PARTS FOR 2004
Starting with the 2004 model year, Ford launched a new body style for the F150. The new body style truck is a new vehicle inside and out. However, not all of the 2004 F150s that you see will be the new body style. The 2004 F150 was also made available in the older body style pickup that came on the scene in 1996. The older body style F150 is called a “Heritage” edition. The newer body style is simply referred to as an 2004 “new” model. You do need to be aware of this for correct ordering of parts, and parts look up.

2. VALVE STEMS

On some 2007-2008 F150s, the OEM valve stems leaked due to design flaws and defects in the materials. Leaks usually developed at the base of the stem and might only leak while the vehicle is moving due to the centrifugal forces on the stems.

To inspect the valve stems, apply light pressure to the valve stem cap with your finger and inspect the surface of the valve stem. Look for surface cracks at the base of the valve stem and listen for any slow air leak.

3. LIFTING

On the “new” model F-Series trucks, be sure to fold the side view mirrors in when raising these trucks on a two-post lift. The mirrors are large enough that they have been crushed by the plate or cap found at the top of the lift posts.

4. HOODS
This one issue might seem excessively simple to talk about, but can be very embarrassing in front of the customer if you are not prepared. The secondary hood release handle has moved on the 2008 Super Duty. It is now below the inside lower corner of the right headlight.

5. LATHES
One significant design change is to the front rotors. On the 4×2 “NEW” F150, the front wheel bearings are now sealed bearings that are pressed into the rotors and secured with a snap ring. This design calls for a special adapter for your bench-style brake lathe or on-the-car lathe. The 4×4 is a hubless design rotor and requires no special bench lathe adapter beyond what is needed for any hubless rotor.

6. STOCK RETAINING NUTS

You need to be aware that the retaining nut for the rotor is not intended for reuse. For this reason, it may be wise for your shop to stock two retaining nuts for 2004-and-up F150 2WD.

7. SHUDDER STRATEGY: COUNT THE FINS AND CHECK THE RACK
Some 2004/2005 F-150 trucks built before 11/29/2004 may exhibit front brake roughness and or shudder while braking. The full TSB is # 05-21-19. Vehicles built prior to 8/20/2003 require the replacement of the rack and pinion assembly if it has not been replaced.

To determine if the vehicle has the old- or new-style rotors (or even if the aftermarket rotors are well designed) count the number of fins. The new-style rotors have 47 fins.

8. TIRE SHOULDER WEAR: CHANGE YOUR SPECS
Some 2004-2006 F-150 vehicles (excluding Heritage) built before 11/1/2005, equipped with only the following tires or the same replacement sizes, may exhibit rapid tire shoulder wear on the inside edge of the front tires:
• Hankook P235/70 R17 XL
• General P255/70 R17
• Continental P255/65 R17
Ford recommends adjusting the alignment specs and rotation if possible only if the tread depth of the inside shoulder is worn more than 1/2 of the tread depth of other ribs if  the tires are exhibiting inside shoulder (toe) wear. If this is the case, set the front total toe to 0.30 +/- 0.05 degrees, also check camber and caster angles are within specification.
 
9. CHECK TIRE SIZE IF DRIVER COMPLAINS OF “BINDING” DURING BRAKING
On 2006-2008 trucks equipped with either 4WD or all-wheel-drive and equipped with Control Trac, some customers may complain of binding in slow speed turns or noise from the front driveline and/or transfer case. The shudder/binding will occur with the vehicle being operated in the AWD/auto 4×4 mode. The shudder/binding may be due to incorrect tire circumference or improper tire inflation pressures.

If the tires’ circumference average between the front and rear axles are outside of the 1/2 inch specification or if the tire circumference from side to side on either axle exceeds 1/2 inch difference, the smaller tire must be replaced.

10. CHECK THE PARKING BRAKE IF A VIBRATION OR SHUDDER IS FELT IN THE REAR

Some 2004-2008 F150 may exhibit an intermittent vibration or shudder from the rear of the vehicle typically at speeds 45 MPH and higher. This may be caused by the parking brake remaining partially engaged.

Affected vehicles were produced at: Dearborn Truck Plant before 2/13/2008, Kansas City Assembly Plant before 2/18/2008 and all 2004-2007 vehicles produced at Norfolk Assembly Plant.

Inspect the parking brake assembly for evidence of remaining partially engaged and repair. If the parking brake system does not indicate signs of trouble, this is not the cause of the vibration. Do not continue.

2004-2005 Trucksfigure 1
1. Replace both the right and left parking brake actuator levers and replace the parking brake cable assembly on the affected side of the vehicle only. Refer to WSM,
Section 206-00 for 2004, Section 206-05 for 2005. Refer to parts list to determine the correct cable assembly.
2. Correctly position the parking brake cable equalizer to ensure the left and right parking brake cables do not twist or bind during operation. Figure 2(Figure 1 – left side)
3. Inspect the double cable clamp for debris and/or damage. Replace as required.
4. Clean the sheathing on both parking brake cables where the double cable clamp will be positioned (Figure 2 – left side).
5. Spray an even coat of Silicone spray lubricant, on the sheathing of both parking brake cables where the double cable clamp will be positioned.

2006-2008 Trucks
1. Replace the parking brake cable assembly on the affected side of the vehicle only.
2. Correctly position the parking brake cable equalizer to ensure the left and right parking brake cables do not twist or bind during operation.
3. Inspect the double cable clamp for debris and/or damage. Replace as required.
4. Use a shop towel to clean the sheathing on both parking brake cables where the double cable clamp will be positioned.
5. Spray an even coat of silicone spray on the sheathing of both  cables where the double cable clamp will be positioned (Figure 2).

The following two tabs change content below.

Andrew Markel

Andrew Markel is an ASE Certified Technician and former service writer, and he brings this practical knowledge to the Brake & Front End team as editor.
  • Donnygo

    Very nice write up and will check my emergency brakes.

    Logic covers; calipers (slides lubed), pads, bearings,
    tires. Probably little failures with EPAS,
    rack and pinion assembly, wheel sensor’s.

    2008 Ford F-150 parking brake TSB (Bulletin 08-14-18)
    Bulletin Date: Mar. 1, 2008
    Component: Parking brake.
    Bulletin Summary: Intermittent vehicle vibration–parking brake disengagement concerns.
    Vehicles covered in this TSB: 2004 Ford F-150, 2005 Ford F-150, 2006 Ford F-150, 2007 Ford F-150, 2008 Ford F-150, 2006 Lincoln Mark, 2007 Lincoln Mark, 2008 Lincoln Mark.

Latest articles from our other sites:

Automechanika Frankfurt 2014 Wrap Up: Photo Gallery

Aftermarket News Managing Editor Mark Phillips represented the Babcox Media team at Automechanika Frankfurt 2014. You can catch up on a lot of last week's news from the show at Aftermarket News or...More

FMP Launches FVP Platinum Battery Line

Factory Motor Parts introduces its new line of FVP Platinum batteries developed to provide maximum cranking power. With 22% higher cold cranking amp and reserve capacity ratings than the FVP VoltEdge,...More

Audi sees boost in U.S. sales during first eight months of 2014

The Volkswagen Group saw another jump in deliveries in August – 2.7 percent increase year over year – with sales topping 740,500. From the start of the year through January, deliveries are up 5.6 percent...More

Audi: Vibrates at Idle

Complaint The customer says that the check engine light is on and that the vehicle vibrates at idle. Cause The customer’s complaint is confirmed, with the vehicle vibrating at idle, but the vibration...More

Introducing The New Snap-on SOLUS Edge Diagnostic Tool

Professional technicians will have an advantage in the repair shop and be ready for anything that comes their way with the latest diagnostic tool from Snap-on, the new SOLUS Edge. With sophisticated functionality,...More

ACDelco Impact Wrench Offers Five Preset Torque Settings

The ACDelco ETC (Electronic Torque Control) ARI2044B 3/8” Angle Impact Wrench with Digital Clutch is designed with a compact size of 2-3/8” for engine or tight space applications. With five preset...More

A/C Oil Service: Avoid Compressor Failure With Proper Maintenance

HVAC systems often fail because the air conditioning compressor fails. Not following the proper service procedures or compressor oil recommendations could be factors that contribute to premature compressor...More

How Ford's New Grille Shutters Control Airflow

Some new Ford vehicles feature active grille shutters — a new system that optimizes aerodynamics by using vents to control airflow through the grille to the cooling system and engine compartment. If...More