2002 Explorer XLS Caliper Issues
I'm a not-so-proud owner of an 02 Explorer XLS and recently I've been hearing some nasty grinding noises from the driver-side rear wheel, accompanied by a nasty smell. Come to find out, the brake pads are rubbing against the rotor so yesterday I replaced the pads, lubed everything up, and the problem is still happening. So, this morning I went out and bought a new caliper and a one-man bleeding kit and intend to change the caliper and bleed the sucker as soon as I write this. I just wanted to know if anyone has any tips, tricks, or suggestions as to what the problem may be. I know it's difficult to do so without seeing the vehicle, but does this sound characteristic of a caliper that's toast or one that just needs to be bled? Is this a sign of something more serious on these vehicles, such as a busted ABS unit or something similarly farther up the brake system than just the caliper? I think it's worth noting that when I changed the pads, the caliper in question DID retract when I used a C-clamp to compress it. However, during normal operation it doesn't seem to want to retract.
I appreciate any words of wisdom; I'm definitely no mechanic. Thanks.