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Old 11-16-2010, 06:06   #1 (permalink)
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Brake issues.....

I'll try to go through this step by step....

Driver's side brakes started sounding like there was metal to metal. I took the wheel off the inspect and the inner pad was worn to the metal. Outside pad still had about a 1/4 inch of material left. I took the passenger side apart and the wear was the same....1/4 of an inch left. I had the rotors turned and well, the driver's side one was out of spec but I they turned it anyways. I put it all back together. I new something must be wrong with the driver's side caliper for it to wear that one pad out that bad but it would be a week before the new one was in.

All seemed fine till I started getting a whine on the driver's side. it would stop when I touched the brakes or gently turned the steering wheel. I figured it was the caliper sticking. The new one came in yesterday so I tore down the driver's side again. As I took things apart, I notice the OUTSIDE pad was wearing at angle. I then saw that the top caliper bolt pin (it slides and has a rubber boot) had some deep gouges in it. I put the new caliper on and bled the brakes.

All was fine till the whine came back this morning. Stops when I hit the brakes....comes back when I let off. Steering left to right stops it as well.

Thanks to all. Need help......its my work vehicle.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:36   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Brake issues.....

Also....

If I jack up the front, how free should the front wheels spin? Should there be any resistance at all?
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:07   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Brake issues.....

slight resistance is ok, clean and lube the slides for the calipers. Rotors turned too thin may warp.
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slight resistance is ok, clean and lube the slides for the calipers. Rotors turned too thin may warp.
Where is the humming coming from?
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:12   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Brake issues.....

Could be a wheel bearing issue. Jack it up and with hands at the 12 o'clock & 6 o'clock positions, see if there's any in and out movement.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:41   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Brake issues.....

If it's a droning type noise , like JWKO suggests , probably wheel bearing .The noise can change when you work steering as it transfers load on/off bearing . Also ,as THE FONZ suggests , make sure the pads are free to move / slide in calliper .
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If it's a droning type noise , like JWKO suggests , probably wheel bearing .The noise can change when you work steering as it transfers load on/off bearing . Also ,as THE FONZ suggests , make sure the pads are free to move / slide in calliper .
Would this cause the outside pad to wear at an angle? The inside one was fine.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:40   #8 (permalink)
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You could have two faults (1) wheel bearing and (2) pad sticking / seized . I have seen pads seized at top/ bottom which causes pad to tilt and wear accordingly .
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You could have two faults (1) wheel bearing and (2) pad sticking / seized . I have seen pads seized at top/ bottom which causes pad to tilt and wear accordingly .
Would a bad caliper cause it to seize? I'll guess I'll just have to wait and see since I replaced the caliper.

Should it wear back flat since I put a new caliper on?
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Old 11-17-2010, 18:25   #10 (permalink)
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If the caliper was the fault, it should be even wear.If the pad is already worn at an angle, it will help a little but it's going to follow the original pattern. I'd uce new pads. Brakes are a safety item and I never take a chance with them.
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