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Old 10-13-2003, 11:34 AM   #1
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2001 ZX3 Brake Solution

Hi all. My girlfriend has a '01 ZX3 with the brake problem that seems to be pretty well known. Well she just had to have her front pads and rotors replaced at her own expense because Ford apparently doesn't want to acknowledge this problem and cover it under the warranty. Anyway, the local brake shop replaced the rotors and put on ceramic brake pads in hope of saving the rotors in the future. Iím not too sure whether or not the ceramic pads will do much good. Does anybody have any experience in getting the focus front brakes fixed for good? Or at least get it to a point where she doesn't need to replace the brake every 20,000 miles. TIA for any pointers.


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i'm assuming her main problem was the excessive amount of brake dust left by the stockers. i haven't used ceramics on my own ride yet, but i work for a parts store that sells raybestos quietstop ceramics and people only seem to say good things about them. as a matter of fact, one of our biggest commercial customers uses the ceramic pads exclusively. i'm thinking about using them when the time comes, but i'm also considering some performance pads. the only downside i've heard is that they may cause a slightly worse stopping distance due to the lower coefficient of friction, but they wear better, last longer, and don't leave dust!

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I use a ceramic/metallic pad ("quiet" type pads from O'Reiley's Autoparts), and they are great! Now my problem is with the crappy drums in the rear!
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I hated havin to clean the brake dust off the front wheels every other day! Luckily i solved that by getting dark rims so it does not show as much anymore!
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well, that's one solution!

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I thought this problem was only on year 2000 models? I had mine replaced at 25k miles and now I'm almost at 50k and if they say I need new ones I'm getting Brembo's.

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Hi all. My girlfriend has a '01 ZX3 with the brake problem that seems to be pretty well known. Well she just had to have her front pads and rotors replaced at her own expense because Ford apparently doesn't want to acknowledge this problem and cover it under the warranty. Anyway, the local brake shop replaced the rotors and put on ceramic brake pads in hope of saving the rotors in the future. Iím not too sure whether or not the ceramic pads will do much good. Does anybody have any experience in getting the focus front brakes fixed for good? Or at least get it to a point where she doesn't need to replace the brake every 20,000 miles. TIA for any pointers.
The abnormal brake wear is caused by brake dust?
So by using ceramic pads the brake dust is no longer a problem and the pads/rotors should be more durableÖ I guess that makes sense. Maybe the pads can last about 50,000 miles like other carsÖ
The crazy thing is the brakes never even squeak. We didnít even know that the pads are gone and going metal to metal with the rotor until they were inspected.
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Old 10-13-2003, 03:57 PM   #8
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well, that's one solution!

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It's a problem for 2000 and 2001. There is even a website...

http://www.fordfocusbrakeproblems.com/

and

http://www.focusbrakesclassaction.com/




Maybe you guys can get some money back from Ford...
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Well the rotors MIGHT last 50 thousand smiles pushing but wouldnt drive a mile past 30 thousand an anything at least have them resurfaced by 30, i was thinking 20 for pads anyway, man brakes are a big safety factor when driving. My moms explorer has the brake pads redone twice already and its at 66 thousand miles safety first. Now the rotors should last to the full 30 at least but ford changed my moms rotors when they were warped, the truck had like 15 thousand miles on it and there was no recall that i remember.
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Sound like Ford is having problem with the durability of the brakes on their products.
We also had problem with the OEM Firestone tires. 3 out of 4 original tires have busted belts and had to be replaced. I'm sure my girlfriend probably ran over a pothole or two but I really can't understand how they can bubble so easily. And she is the slowest driver known to man, drives me crazy. Anyway, she has had it with Ford and is never buying another one. I thought that was rather unfortunate but I guess that's how you loss customers...
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