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2003 F250 warping rotors

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by gforman, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. gforman

    gforman Junior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 11

    i have a 2003 F250 that i bought new. the truck only has 26,000 miles on it and this will be the second time i have to replace the rotors do to them warping. anyone have any ideas why they warp like this?
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I replace my every other year. Don't matter if they are dealers or aftermarket.
  3. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    Do you hand torque the lug nuts every time the wheels come off, including after it is serviced somewhere? That seems to help.
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    How often do you wash the truck?
  5. gforman

    gforman Junior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 11

    i don't wash it, thats what i have a wife and daughter for
  6. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    If they are washing it right after driving it,that's part of your problem. Hot rotors and cold water on one side equals warpage.

    Do you drive it like a woman? Hard stops?
  7. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,072

    2X on torquing the lugs nuts, with the disc and hub being 2 peices it's a must. I use have a '00 (6spd stick) and replaced the front pads at 154K. When I sold it with 198K it still had the original rotors. Keep in mind I was the only driver, running a stick and don't do much city type driving. I know people with autos that drive in a lot of stop & go traffic and they burn up pads in 40K.
  8. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Torque your wheels and look into PowerSlot Slotted Rotors and Hawk Super Duty pads, I think it will fix your problem nicely. Problem is, 99-04s came with undersized brakes from the factory and they tend to wear and heat up faster.
  9. OH350Crew

    OH350Crew Junior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 25

    I also pull, clean and lube the caliper in the fall and again in the spring. seems to help.

    ADMSWELDING Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    not uncommon.

    Cheap steel. Rotors today are cheaper then good quality pads.No one turns them any more just junk them and get new ones.$65 bucks a rotor,severduty pads are 70- 75 bucks set.2 rotors cost you 130 if you try to cut them/ turn them they,ll warp.
  11. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    ive had good luck with duracrap rotors believe it or not. way better than oem. on my 4th year still smooth with them.