In this video I remove and replace the front brake pads and rotors on a Ford Freestyle. I also found that one of the caliper pins was locked up tight. I bust out a few tips from memaw along the way. -Enjoy
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49 thoughts on “Ford freestyle: front brakes w/ seized caliper pin”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Timothy Cooney says:

    Let's see – Dave the vise, Roger the bench grinder. Any other named machinery or tools? Perhaps you need to socialize more often.😊

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Casey Powell says:

    I agree don't open the break system if you don't have to !!! Can't wait for the next video!!!!

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lanna's Mind says:

    yes i found it this is great you are so cool thank you

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bruce B says:

    Alsome channel. Thanks for all the info

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donald Rak says:

    Great video on brake pads and cleaning of them, and using proper lube on the slides, but Hey what happened to the high tack for the back pads to the piston heads and back pad to the outside caliper So on the release, of the brakes the piston releases the pads after the braking action which pulls pads to free open position that's what high tack holds then to outside caliper and pad stays to the piston. Common Eric.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nick Miller says:

    As a fellow mechanic, you’re the patience and due Diligence with simple jobs def help make me be better!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ron Omdalen says:

    Hi Eric as long as you are on the subject of brakes, 2012 Ford Edge when ABS is activated my pedal goes down to almost the floor I have computer bled them and then manually bled them still the same park over night pedal back to normal next day this happens every time the ABS is activated. I also live in the rust belt? Thought this mite come up on one of your videos. Keep up the good work. PS ford wants 1800.00 to look at it?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bismarck San Diego says:

    You'd lie to me?!? Let me guess, if I were your son, you'd say you were going to get cigs at the corner market and I'd never see you again. 🙁

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Gilmetti says:

    I must have watched about 10 brake jobs on this channel and I learn something new every time.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Sechrist says:

    As many air tools that you use i"m amazed your airlines aren't high volume with water catcher and tool oilers on the hard lines.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ted Ryan says:

    I’m the weekender that needed that tip! Just came from the garage, frustrated with a stuck pin, and I thought to myself, I’ll be EricO has a video. Sho nuf.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars johnrtrucker says:

    There are tons of good repair channels but SMA is one I always come back to especially if I'm trying to fix one of my vehicles!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Gardzina says:

    thanks for the video boss

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tommy27usa says:

    Been having brake issues and the mechanics were not able to find the problem…soft pedal, car barely slows down; main cylinder replaced, abs pump replaced, brakes bled 7-8 times, issue still not fixed…
    Decided to have a look myself, noticed the bottom sliding pin on both front brakes to be seized, causing the pads to not sit flush and press evenly on the disks…
    Waiting for the new calipers and pins to be delivered but I’m confident i’ve found the issue

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars willie graham says:

    Brill 👍

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joseph DESTAUBIN says:

    Not a mechanic but a contractor builder and remodeller and remodeller. I did this job yesterday and I was pulling my hair out sith a stuck caliper piston. The next day I pulled out a torch and took care of it. Anyways I just wanted to say that I watched this video before I did the job it would have been way less stressful Anyways I just wanted to say it and I watched this video before I did the job it would have been way less stressful. So you are 100% on point with respect to weakened DIY's appreciated that.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim S says:

    I got to clean-out-the-caliper pin bore with a drill bit trick twice now, and once with a propane torch to get the seized pin out of the caliper bracket. If you use a torch, be very careful to keep the flame away from the boot so you don't ruin it like I did (sigh). I had the torch on for 5 to 7 minutes, and the pin still wasn't getting loose (even though there was a lot of steam or smoke coming out of the boot), so I finally pushed on the bracket really hard, and it started moving. I should have gotten on it earlier, which might have saved the boot.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Watkins says:

    I once worked in a workshop working on commercial vehicles (HGV) we called them and we had one trailer that had a buffer spring on the hitch coupling, we had to remove the coupling pin nut to re-tension, it the nut was somethin like about 6 inches across the flats and it was seized solid, the foreman told me to go get a couple of buckets of water, he got the gas axe out and heated the nut , when it was bright red he told me to pour the water on it, and after we did that the nut came of easily, same principle as your heating the caliper bracket and cooling it in water, I was astonished at how it had worked I was expecting a couple of hours of fighting with it.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matthew sharpe says:

    Great video lol love it ford freestyle lol

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Bill Malec says:

    The rubber seals at the head…

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Smith says:

    Let's face it you got baby birds in the nest looking up with their mouths open. And as any parent or grandparent will tell you when it comes to the babies they will sell their soul to put food on the table and a roof overhead. In there lying if they say different.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Smith says:

    The only thing I'm personally think you missed is on the caliper tape and paint. Corrosion control. You might say it's just a caliper. But rest is a cancer you get it there it spreads. 😫

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Smith says:

    I have my own special piston pushback tools. A flat plate and a pair of channel locks 😵 for us backyard shade tree mechanics that do brakes once every 2 years 😐 don't have the finances and don't want to spend the money on a special tool that it won't be able to find the next time I need it 🥴

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Geng says:

    When he said “weeeeeeee” I laughed like an idiot… I don’t know why … lol

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars duane Sica says:

    I need your mailing address

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars duane Sica says:

    I just did a brake job on my 2007 GMC but what I had to do was grab the hex or nut area to tighten the mounting bolt is this ok or normal or it would just spin. I didn’t see anybody do this It looked to me that you run the floating pin in with your impact I’m not sure exactly how to do this

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Andrews says:

    Thanks for convincing me to never buy a ford.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars briq4 says:

    I have my grandmom’s 2006 Ford FREESTYLE, and we literally say it that way every time it gets driven. Which sadly isn’t very often. 60,000 miles in 15 years.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Retired Chief says:

    Wish I knew about that drill bit trick before changing out the pad bracket on my Buick for a sticky pin.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thomas Maloney says:

    No matter how many brake job videos I watch I still learn something new every time. You're the man Mr. O!

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Harrison says:

    Should just say from not a sponsor instead of Napa.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars zr1sparky1 says:

    Cleaning up the caliper and freezing up the pin… Making it good again was relaxing and therapeutic even. Thanks Eric

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Barry Shaw says:

    Ok what if you dont have heat option what you do to remove it

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars evsnova74 says:

    How about "South Main Auto, brought to you by Dorman™" lol

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gyras says:

    Man.. your not wrong. I had the very same issue with a co worker, and the caliper was just a lost cause. Ended up throwing the old pads back on, and she drove it till it died 2 years later (yaa, grinding metal the whole time).

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars UBRF says:

    To funny, for a video like this amazing and entertaining as hell to watch

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ian Kennedy says:

    Eric over the years I have watched your very informative Videos and found them very informative. I would like to ask your opinion on the use of never seize on the fixing bolts and lug bolts. We live in Canada and we have very busy Crusties up here. I would appreciate any comments thanks.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MC CH says:

    Just wondering why you don't lubricate the ends of the brake pads that move along those new shiny hardware on the brackets. I usually do, now I think I shouldn't but don't know why.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jack Cline says:

    Dorman coming out with a line of brake pads an rotors. Eric I know you going to try them