1) I bled my front and back brakes today.
The brake fluid I purchased today was a
clear colour. The fluid I removed was a dark brown.
Honestly I could not believe the state of the fluid that was
removed. One of the back bleeder screws I know
that the first liquid that came out was rusted water
it fell on newspaper and was absorbed by the paper.
I always maintain my vehicle but honestly I
have never paid much attention to brake fluid.
That will now change for sure.
After doing this bleed job which I consider was absolutely
necessary because I could see how dirty the fluid was compared
to the new fluid, I still did not know if this would solve my Brake
Drum Overheating problem.
2 ) So while I had the two rear wheels removed, I changed the
two drums over. The drum that overheated went to the side
that was not overheating (passengers side ) and the drum that
did not overheat went to the side that overheated.( driver's side )
And what can you guess my original problem overheated
driver's side drum is no longer overheated it is normal.
The problem is now the passenger's side drum is overheated.
So the problem is a defective drum!!!!!!!!!!
Last week I was thinking the problem could be the drum
and went to Canadian Tire to price drums.
Made in China drum $29.99
Made in USA drum $49.99
Three years ago when I was new in this city I went to
a place to buy 2 new drums and was charged $29.99
and I now suspect that they must have been the made in
China drums. This one drum must have been defective from
I had both drums in my hands today they are identical
look the same, weigh about the same, markings the same
they 9 inch drums, you would never know one is defective.
So my dilemma now is do I buy two $49.99 drums
or just one.
See below my original postings to this NG
Thanks for your help
2) 2nd posting August 23 / 2003
Can brake fluid break down?
If brake fluid has not been changed for
many years can it break down ?
If it can how will you know ?
Thanks in advance
1) 1st posting July 15 / 2003
Brake Drum Overheating
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