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1996 Ford Truck Aerostar AWD V6-245 4.0L Copyright © 2008, ALLDATA 9.

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Brake Rotor/Disc: Testing and Inspection

- Front disc brake rotor minimum thickness must not be less than 20.6mm (0.81in), the number cast on the inside of the front disc brake rotor after
- The 70mm (2.756 in) gauge ball that is part of T71P-1102-A is used in conjunction with the micrometer gauge bar is required to make this
measurement front rotors.
- Maximum allowable stock removal of the inner rotor braking surface is determined by the use of Disc Rotor Surface Gauge and Ball
T71P-1102-A as follows:

1. Remove the inner grease retainer and bearing assembly from the hub and rotor assembly. Wipe the inner and outer bearing cups clean.
2. Carefully place the gauge ball in the inner bearing cup (do not drop).
3. Set the micrometer to the baseline setting dimension 6.50mm (0.256 in).

4. Position the micrometer gauge bar on the rotor inner braking surface with the micrometer centered over the ball. To measure the distance between
the micrometer baseline setting and the ball, turn the micrometer down to touch the top of the ball, and calculate the difference between the
reading and the baseline setting. This distance is equal to the maximum allowable stock removal from the inside braking surface only. If the
micrometer end at the baseline setting touches the ball, no additional stock removal is allowed.

NOTE: If the micrometer must be retracted from the baseline setting to allow the legs to set on the rotor surface, the rotor has had more than
allowable stock removed and the rotor assembly must be replaced.

5. Check the rotor for the maximum amount of stock that can be removed from the rotor thickness. Measure actual rotor thickness with micrometer
and subtract minimum allowable thickness 20.6mm (0.81in). Total material removal (combination of both sides) must not exceed this amount.

NOTE: If the rotor thickness is less than the minimum, the rotor must be replaced, regardless of the gauge bar and ball measurement. Rotor
minimum thickness is also shown on each rotor.

6. Never use a lathe that cuts only one face of the rotor at a time; it must be a simultaneous straddle cut.
7. Set the cutting tool to just contact the high spots on the rotor, then adjust the cutting tool to the minimum depth required to clean up the rotor

CAUTION: Do not exceed the allowable stock removal for the inner braking surface or total rotor thickness. Before installing the rotor on the
spindle, clean all chips from the rotor and flush new grease through the bearing with a bearing packing tool. A new inner grease seal must be
coated with wheel bearing grease and installed in the rotor. The rotor must be installed on the same side of the vehicle from which it was
removed. Measure the thickness of the brake lining. If the lining thickness at any point on the assembly is less than 1.5mm (1/16-inch) above the
backing plate or if the lining shows evidence of brake fluid or oil contamination that is causing a brake pull, replace all four shoe and lining

1. Lathe turn the rotor to:
^ Remove rotor scoring, scratching too deep to repair by hand sanding. Deep scoring/scratching usually occurs after brake use with linings fully
worn to the rivets. Stock removal must not reduce rotor thickness to below the specified minimum thickness.
^ Correct a shudder/vibration/pulsation condition if due to rotor distortion. Check the wheel bearing adjustment and correct as required and
verify if the condition is corrected. If there is any build-up of foreign material on the linings or rotor surfaces, the condition may not be due to
rotor distortion. Hand sand the surfaces and determine if the condition is corrected before resorting to lathe turning. Check the lateral runouts
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of the brake surfaces. Lathe turn the rotor if hand sanding of any foreign matter on friction surfaces does not correct the condition, or if
measured runout exceeds0.254mm (0.010 inch) total indicator reading.
^ To check rotor runout, first eliminate the wheel bearing end play by tightening the adjusting nut to specifications. Then check to be sure the
front disc brake rotor can still be rotated.
^ Clamp a dial indicator to the spindle knuckle assembly so the stylus contacts the rotor approximately 25.4mm (1 inch) from the outer edge.
Rotate the rotor one turn (360 degrees) and take an indicator reading. If the reading exceeds 0.08mm (0.003 inch) total lateral runout, replace
or resurface the front disc brake rotor.
2. The following requirements must be met when resurfacing front disc brake rotors:
^ Use a disc brake lathe to resurface the front disc brake rotors. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
^ The minimum overall thickness specification shown on each rotor allows for a 0.762mm (0.030 inch) machining cut plus 0.762mm (0.030
inch) additional wear. If rotor thickness falls below the minimum, it must be replaced.
^ After lathe turning, the finished brake surfaces of the rotor should be flat and parallel within 0.05mm (0.002 in.); lateral runout should not
exceed 0.076mm (0.003 inch) total indicator reading.
^ Measure the thickness of the brake linings. If the lining thickness at any point on the assembly is less than 1.5mm (1/16 inch) above the
backing plate or if the lining shows evidence of brake fluid or oil contamination that is causing a brake pull, replace all four rear brake shoes
and linings (2200).
^ Thickness on each face must be uniform.