Ford Ranger Brakes Getting Hot


I have a 2008 Ford Ranger. The front drivers side brakes are getting warm and causing the rotor to warp and vibrate the vehicle. I only notice this when I have been driving on the highway for a period of time in stop and go traffic.

Once I get back into a situation where I don't have to use the brakes the rotor seems to cool back down and the vibration goes away. My theory is the brake line has a kink in it and is not allow the fluid to exit the caliper quickly enough. What do you feel this is? I am unable to see a visible kink but there is considerable wear on the rotor and grooves.

Answer: This could be just sticking caliper slides. Your truck could also have the brake hose going to that caliper is deteriorated internally causing the fluid to not release back to the master cylinder. This is similar to the kink in a brake line your describe.

Tire Size And Struts

Can the wrong sized tires damage strut/mount/assembly?

Answer: No, the wrong tire size cannot damage a strut or mount. All a strut does is dampen the suspension travel while going over bumps or uneven road surface- just like a shock. It does not car what size a tire is. A round tire rolls and the strut has no idea what size it is.

Ford Pulls When Braking

Question: What is causing My 2011 Taurus with 5,000 miles on it to pull to either side, but not always, when brakes are applied? Most of the time it stops normally. Dealership checked brakes TWICE and says there is nothing wrong.

Answer: The key to diagnosing this problem is having it do it for the mechanic. Sounds like the car never acted at the Dealer. Some possible causes are a sticking brake caliper. This can cause the pressure to be different on the brake pads between the right or left side. This can from a bad caliper or contaminated fluid. The brake pads could have a different amount of certain material in them. Meaning the right side could have more carbon, ceramic or other element so at different temperatures, they have different friction characteristics.

Even a worn front end component bushing could be the problem. A loose or worn bushing in a control arm or even the frame can cause the part to shift and make your Ford pull to one side.

Rear Brakes Hours Of Labor

Engine Size : Ford 6.6 turbo diesel.
Question: We had work done on the R & R Wheel Cylinders on this truck. It has drums. Do you have an estimate how many hours this would take? I don't think they had a lot of trouble with it. We thought they would have to pull the axle, but they didn't. It just seemed like they charged for quite a few hours. We're just checking around to see if the hours might be correct. What's the most hours with a little trouble getting off? Thanks. If you could help we'd appreciate it.

Answer: An estimate for replacing rear wheel cylinders, shoes, and resurfacing drums on your truck- labor would be about 2 hours per side. This depends on if done at the dealer or local auto repair shop, your particular location, any problems the mechanic had along the way, etc. You can get a better idea of parts and labor for your area at this website.

Ford Explorer 4 Wheel Drive Clunks

1997 Ford Explorer XLT. 4.0l v6.
Question: i have a 97 ford explorer when i put it into 4wd it clunks into it and then jolts and wont go anywhere thinking it may be the transfer chain and when not in 4wd and just driving normally i accelerate from standing start and the diffs jolt a bit not sure if that's cause by the transfer case or something.

Answer: This could be an internal problem in the transfer case. Something is binding up. Or could be in the front differential since you also get a jolt when not in 4 WD. You could disconnect the front driveshaft between the transfer case and front diff and put it in 4 WD to see if things change- if still problems, then the transfer case is the culprit.


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