I have a 1981 Ford Fairmont 6cyl, 3.3 L auto trans
and the drivers side brake drum is overheating.
In June 2002 I redid front and rear brakes with the best kind
of linings I could get from a clutch and brake rebuilder. They told me
that it was the kind used by taxis and police, it was made by Bendix.
Heard a ticking noise the other day, investigated and discovered that
the drivers side shoes were very worn and the longer lining at the rear
were cracked where the rivets are. The passenger side drum brakes were
no problem there, probably another year's lining left.
Yesterday I got new (Rebuilt) drum pads from Canadian tire, just had
to install the defective side linings and then tried the car out.
After 2 miles of driving I could smell something was overheating and it
was the linings rubbing against the drum. I removed the drum saw
where there were rubbing marks and sanded the linings. It is derivable
now but I find that the drivers side drum still gets hotter then the
side. The parking brake is OK it does release and the cables have been
replaced they are free. The self adjuster is all the way in.
Any tips as to what I am overlooking or what can be causing the one
get much hotter then the other side.
Thanks in advance
You may think the cables are free, but I'm willing to bet that it is hanging up
just enough to push the linings up against the drum. Were ALL the cables
replaced? Are they routed correctly? How's the brake hard ware, springs and
I'd check the wheel cylinder, and the line running to it from the
Like one said, rust could be a likely culprit. I assume the guy
adjusted the brakes when he did the brake job. So that means the
adjustment should have been ok, and besides, with wear, it would build
a wider gap until the self adjuster kicked in when backing up. So to
me, that means it's sticking. Enough crud blocking a line, and the
wheel cyl can't release fast enough. It slowly retracts, or if real
bad, it hardly retracts at all. If you readjust, and then it starts
dragging again when you stomp on the brake, it's not releasing right.
If rust is the problem, that means your whole system is rusty. I'd
flush the whole thing until all is clear. Any lines seem restricted,
I'd replace em. MK
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