I Have a 97 T-Bird, I changed all 4 brakes with new rotors and pads.
When I go to stop, The front right wants to lock causing the car to
pull to the right. I went over it several times to make sure that I
did everything right. The rear disc brakes are adjusted fine, I made
sure that the pads and rotors were clean. After this problem I bled
the system even though I had never opened it to let air in. None of
this helped. I even went as far as to swap the pads from one side to
the other. Is there a valve or something that could be letting more
brake fluid to one side? When I press the brake, it seems to grab hard
to the right and then it seems to even out some to the left (hard to
describe) The only thing that I can remember going wrong was that when
I was doing the right side, the caliper on the left side fell but
didn't hit the floor. I inspected the brake line and it looked to be
ok. Could there be damage inside?
Thanks in advance
All pads have some kind of slide. The slide does two things, guide the pads and
a support bearing. Notice the notches on the ends of the pads? Read the last
Section 06-03: Brake, Front Disc 1997 Thunderbird, Cougar Workshop Manual
DESCRIPTION AND OPERATION
Brake Shoe and Linings
The brake shoes and linings (2001) are interchangeable, side to side and inboard
The brake shoes and linings for vehicles with 15 inch wheels use a pressure
sensitive insulator material for noise suppression. Remove the protective paper
from this insulator before installing new brake shoe and lining assemblies.
Vehicles with 16 inch wheels use a clip-on shoe and lining insulator to prevent
The flanges on both inner and outer brake shoe and lining assemblies slide on
machined surfaces of the front disc brake caliper anchor plate (2B292).
Yea, I know you do not understand. The "insulating paper" installed to the back
of the pads are for noise suppression and heat control, that is not the slides.
The slides are the contact area of the pad ends. Also, I did not give you
instructions, only possible causes and the reasons why.
Hey Steve, To answer your orig. q ; yes there could be damage inside the
brake hose on the one you dropped.
It is possible to have a created a defect in the hose wall and it is not
acting like a valve flap.
I've only seen it once, it does happen, it is very hard to find if no
history is reported (being dropped)
streached, possibly kinked, it can rupture a spot in the inner wall.
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