Re: 2009 Escape Brakes Dragging
+1 for a bad wheel bearing! I got the bearing replaced, which is tons of fun without a shop press. I ended up buying a new spindle as well ($43 Duralast) because I couldn't get the race off the old spindle. I don't know how much it helps, but freezing the bearing makes it shrink a microscopic amount, and easier to force into the hub. I then froze the new spindle, and was able to get that in easily as well.
The car no longer creaks and lurches forward a moment after releasing the brake pedal. Noises are gone, except for a small whoom-whoom-whoom sound when braking. I'm guessing I warped my new rotor slightly with the second overheating. I still haven't gotten around to checking the old brake hose to see how blocked it was. I also need to replace the driver's side hose so this doesn't happen again.
I used a BrakeBest caliper from O'Reily Auto Parts, which I thought was painted. It's now a wonderful shade of brown rust, unlike my stock driver's side caliper. Lovely.
So after 100K miles, never doing a brake fluid flush, and living in salt covered winter roads in the midwest, my brake hose was acting as a check valve, or completely blocked. That caused the caliper to fail, burn the pads and the rotor, and ruin the wheel bearing. In all, I needed new hoses, a caliper, a spindle, a wheel bearing, and opted for new pads and rotors. BTW, if you try explaining this to anyone who is not mechanically-savy, they look at you like you just explained Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.