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New rotors and pads, now brakes get HOT, what did I do?

Discussion in 'Stock 1991 - 1994 Explorers' started by 94Jo, June 9, 2008.

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      I just replaced my well worn rotors and brake pads, following Glaciers write up. Before i replaced them, the passenger side break got very hot and seemed to stick. Well, after $115 in new parts and a few hours in 95 degree heat, the brakes still get hot. The Navajo drives a lot better and brakes better, but i can still smell the heat and feel it after a drive, What is sticking? I thought I lubed the caliper "slides" I guess you could call it. What makes my brakes stick and get hot? Help is appreciated, thanks in advance.
       
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      Is the truck pulling to one side? Sounds to me like a sticking caliper. Although if it were sticking badly you'd know it, since you'd only be able to drive a mile or two before smoke would start pouring out.

      Did you lube the slides with the specific break grease?
       
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      Its not to the point of smoke pouring out, it almost got that bad with the old brakes, but these just get warm enough to notice. I lubed the slides with coastal "disc brake caliper grease" or something of the sort. Maybe just didnt get adequate lubrication? Is there somewhere beside the slide that I should lube? TIA
       
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      Anybody else ever have this happen? BUMP
       
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      If the old brakes were getting hot and still had some material on them, I'd say you have sticky calipers.
       
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      Did the pad fit into the caliper smoothly, without to much trouble? I had some from Advance that were extremely tight, to the point where I had to hammer them into the caliper slides. Consequently, they wouldn't retract properly and stuck to the rotor.
       
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      There was a little resistance to putting them on, but nothing extreme, I figured it would losen as I pressed the pedal and let them relase a few times. Should I just regrease the slide? Or is there another part I can grease? Any tips? thanks
       
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      Exactly what parts did you replace for $115?
       
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      yeah i just replaced the brake pads, and a caliper on my 93 explorer but since i plan on buying a truck this summer, i left the rotars. when i first replaced them i took it for a 5 minute drive and they were fine but the next day the ####ers were smoking and i could smell the burning in the cab so i stopped and fortunatly i was by a lake and i poured water on them to cool them off. its been over two weeks and they still heat up but they have not been smoking. so now i have to wrip the bitch apart again and do the ball joints, still dont know why they ####ed up
       
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      That'll warp the rotors, sudden heat changes.
       
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      I got two rotors and two sets of brake pads for $115. They have lifetime warranties. They havent smoked yet, but I havent taken them on the highway either until I get this worked out.
       
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      Sounds like a caliper is dragging.
       
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      Check you break hoses. On my F-150 work truck I was burning through pads because the caliper would not release all the way. Come to find out the break line had a weak spot in it. So it would buldge when I hit the breaks and hold pressure in the line even after I let off the break pedal.
       
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      better than having my ride start on fire
       
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      The pins aren't causing the problem. The piston in the caliper is sticking.
       
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      x2- I had this on another older vehicle- the lines collapse inside, allowing fluid to pass under pressure, but not return. I bought brake calipers thinking they were sticking only to find they didn't help. 2 hoses later and the problem was gone.
       
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      if I was doing the brakes I would insist upon new rubber brake lines, and also new calipers. I also like to do a gravity bleed of all the old brake fluid. But be careful not to let the resivior run dry. Hell, while you are putting money into your x replace the caliper slides as well.
       

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