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I am changing the rear brake pads on our 2004 ford freestar and could not locate the correct tool for turning the piston back to its home postion. I was told to use a pair of vice grips and this would allow for the proper seating. while doing thisd I have found I have ripped the protective boot and it appears some brake fluid has come out. I do not see it dripping but the torn boot does have the brake fluid on it. Do I need to replace and if so how do I go about this? Thank you

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Now you have a problem, that is what happens using that type of tool.. you can pick up the right tool at a car parts place. it is for turning the piston in then you won't ruin the rubber boot. even harbor freight has them. you can either change the boot or buy a complete new assembly. don't wish this on anybody.
good luck,
frank

Posted on Aug 29, 2011

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  • william perry Aug 29, 2011

    I did buy the tool but it did not fit the grooves in the face. this is when I was told by the car parts place to use the grips. How do you change the boots? I am looking on the car parts site but do not see them listed.

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    frank pickard Aug 29, 2011

    shame on the car parts place for telling you that but i would expect that.. by the way the tool i have is DISC BRAKE PISTON REMOVER part # T71921 made by Am Pro. it has 5 different positions on the tool. in a bind maybe needle nose pliers, but that part is over.you can change just the boot in the piston, do you have access to getting the Haynes Brake Manual, part # 10410, it is a great tech book on the brakes and it would help you out to rebuid your caliper meaning the boot.. i myself have a library of these books and i use them all the time for their helpful info.
    good luck,
    frank

  • frank pickard
    frank pickard Aug 29, 2011

    try..................ehow.com and type in how to rebuild rear brake calipers on 2004 ford freestar. again try getting your service manual for your car like Haynes repair manual at your local auto parts store.
    good luck,
    frank

  • william perry Aug 29, 2011

    Well finally got that tire done, but now I am on the other rear wheel and I have turned it until I am blue in the face and it is not moving. It is in the same position as before. I have tried the old tool, the new tool and even a C-clamp. What do I need to do to get this to move?

  • frank pickard
    frank pickard Aug 29, 2011

    wish i was there to help you, that's just the way iam. on the back of the calitper there should be a hex bolt called a actuator srcew, try holding that with a wrench while turning in on the piston. it is probably just spinning aroud.
    good luck,
    frank

  • frank pickard
    frank pickard Aug 29, 2011

    c-clamp forget it, needs to be turned in.

  • william perry Aug 29, 2011

    Well good thought, but we just tried it and the screw is not moving and we even went ahead and held it and did several turns and got no movment at all.

  • frank pickard
    frank pickard Aug 29, 2011

    sounds like the part might be broken, actuator screw to the piston.

  • william perry Aug 29, 2011

    Well I can say this is just my day. We put everything together and took it out for a test drive and the side we finally got last night started smoking and the wheel is burning hot to the touch.

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