Re: brake problem
not sure if this will help but I had shudder/binding probs with an EF wagon on the left side and found during a shoe replacement that the top pin that allows the caliper to 'float' wasnt allowing the caliper to release due to a coating of gunk and surface corrosion.
it was freed by judicious use of a pair of pliers and squirting WD40 but wasnt greased at the time which was stupid because 3 months later it froze again.
It took me some effort to get the pin to move with pliers and judicius WD40 and when I cleaned it up, I applied a good application of Lithium Brake grease on the 2 pins and so far so good.
One other thing that surprised me was the Master Cylinder recently failed and before the red light appeared, for a few days it felt like I was driving with the brakes applied.
I drove 12 kms to a shopping centre and when I stopped, the discs were damned hot and 'crackling' but I also had erratic pedal movement, one minute soft, gentle braking, the next minute I was wrapped around steering wheel when I used the brakes.
It took 3 days before the red light began to flicker before staying on all the time.
Then to my unbounding joy, I found the local Ford dealer doesnt keep master cylinders in stock.
The wagon has 220,000km so not too bothered by its replacement. Only the cost and the delay.