My wife called me in a panic. Suddenly the left front on our 98
Windstar is making grinding noises.
I went over to where she was and carefully drove the mile home. The
brakes, at first, were quiet but after my first hard braking (with an
audible "scrunch") they dragged the rest of the way home.
The rotor is hot to the touch.
I pulled the wheel and looked around. The brakes look like one big
hunk of metal and I can't find any landmarks.
The brake pads seem OK, lots of wear left, but they seem to be against
the rotor. My best guess is that the spring that pushes the calipers
apart when the pedal is released is somehow broken.
Any other ideas? I'm not by any means a mechanic but I'm handy with
tools and can do minor stuff.