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Originally Posted by 04lariatfx4crewcab
.......The only thing I can gather is that the guy I bought the truck from did a brake job but when he was putting it back together the inside pad fell off and he did not notice.
Nope. The caliper pin rusting into the bracket is what caused this. It kept the brake pad against the rotor's inner surface so both the pad and rotor wore down. Eventually the friction material is worn away and the steelback gets it's turn to wear against the rotor. Once it gets thin enough it is ejected out of the bracket and then the pistons get their turn to run the gauntlet. The stainless steel caps on the piston don't take too long to wear away and soon your down to phenolic plastic piston itself.
While I don't have much presence over here, on TDS I've spent years advising to check all four brakes every one to two years to insure that all of the pins are sliding freely, the slide pin boots are in good shape on retained on the mounting lips, and the brake pads move freely in the brackets. It's a fair amount of work but with this vehicle brake design, it's the only way to prevent expensive repairs.
It's also best to do the brake check when you buy a used vehicle. If I were you, I'd be checking the other brakes as well. Although many times it's just one bad apple.
Formerly FMTRVT, Manager of Vehicle Testing - Brakes
2003 F-350SC Lariat 4x4 6.0L Auto
Truck Modifications as below in Pictorials on Facebook. Google - Facebook TooManyToys
Step Lights;Painted Flanges; Bypass Oil Filter; Heated Mirror Switch; Reverse Lights; 7.3L Fuel Reg Shim; 6 Disc Radio Speed Volume Mod; Coolant Filter, etc.