My wife came home this morning with smoke coming from the right front wheel
well of the Windstar. It was really hot and appeared to be a wheel
bearing because of the grease that was splattered inside the wheel well.
I took thing apart down to the hub assembly on the floor and found that
the bearing seems fine. It appears the rotor was overheated which caused
the wheel to overheat and smoke. I am now scratching my head on what to
do. Do I replace the bearing because it may over heat under a load? Or
do I have an issue with the disk brakes that is causing the wheel to
overheat? My wife said the brakes have been working good. The rotors and
pads are less than 1 year old. I had the front end apart on Labor Day
weekend in 2003 when I installed new struts and tie rode ends. The van
has almost 100k on the odometer. I have the car in pieces in the garage
so I am grateful for any suggestions.
You more than likley have a caliper hanging up. Can be caused by damage to the
hose that you can not see, the caliper slides or the caliper itself. The
overheat most likely did damage the wheel bearing, I would replace that spindles
are expensive, your wifes saftey is more important than the extra cost of a
Many brake issues go unnoticed by the average driver. There hve been many times
I have gone on test rides with a customer and noticed a brake pulsation and I'm
not driving. I let the customer know and more times than not the customer had no
Thanks for the response. I am going to replace the bearing as I have it
out. And I am concerned that it is ruined. As for as a hanging caliper
what do you suggest. Should i rebuild the wheel cycliner? I damaged the
abs sensor taking the hub ass'y off so i will have to replace that too. I
plan on new pads on that side. I have a lifetime at autozone for the pads
and the rotors. However, not sure what they would say about roasted
As I alluded to, the reason a brake hangs up are a few. You need to check the
hoses. Hoses are damaged many time with 0 out side damage. One of the ways
damage happens is by hanging the caliper by the hose, about the most common. So
you need to do more than just look at the caliper. Also, it is very wise to
replace or repair in pairs. If you find that only the caliper is binding,
replace or rebuild both. Same goes for the pads and rotors. Always replace the
whole set never just one side.
Thanks for your feed back!
Here is my game plan:
Replace right front bearing and anti lock sensor
Inspect right caliper.
Replace both hoses, rotors and pads.
Bleed the system and then I should be good to go?
Did I miss anything?
You didn't say, but if you replace the brake parts on the right front,
you should (must) replace the brake parts on the left front as well.
Brakes are always serviced in pairs.
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