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Old 05-02-2009, 07:40 PM   #1
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Last year when I replaced my brakes, I noticed that the driver side pads were worn a lot more than the passenger side. Just last night when I was out with my wife, I noticed that the driver side brakes were dragging. The car felt quick as usual, but it felt like it was getting hung up in a lower gear, causing a lot of extra noise and a slight vibration (I doubt my wife even noticed anything). When I got out of the car I could smell the brakes burning, and noticed smoke coming from the front wheel, coming off the brakes themselves.

Anyone else have this problem? Is it a problem with my suspension (which needs to be replaced), or could this be something that stemmed from the accident almost 3yrs ago now?

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Old 05-02-2009, 09:58 PM   #2
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My guess would be that your caliper slide pins aren't allowing the caliper to slide. I recently went through this with my Mazda. I got out of my car at work one day and was greeted with the aroma of hot brakes. My left rear wheel was hot and the smell was definitely coming from there. It never happened again, but a couple days later I took apart the caliper (which wasn't easy because of its inability to slide), removed the slider pin, cleaned up the junk off the pin, reassembled the caliper with some disc brake caliper lube and everything has been fine since then.

I guess it's possible that the accident caused the slider pin to get bent, but I'd look into cleaning and relubing it first.

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Old 05-03-2009, 12:20 PM   #3
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My guess would be that your caliper slide pins aren't allowing the caliper to slide ... I guess it's possible that the accident caused the slider pin to get bent, but I'd look into cleaning and relubing it first.
Tom92SCm ... this is a great idea and something I hadn't thought of ... I lubricated the pins on my 05 Vue on advice of Saturn mechanic while chasing front-end clacking noise (eventually isolated to strut mounts).

04Vuesilver ... I realize you're convinced the left front brake is "dragging" and a simple test I've used (without jacking vehicle) is to coast on a smooth and level parking lot with hands off wheel ... any pull to either side generally indicates increased friction of some rolling component (brake, bearing, tire pressure).

A more scientific test is using an IR thermometer to check temperature on any brake, bearing, axle or wheel surface. I have a decent one for use in garage but many cooks (including my wife) has one for the kitchen to check temperature of water, grease, etc. while preparing meals. (Just a hint in case you need another excuse to buy).

I've attached a service manual extract pertaining to checking front disc brakes, including guide pins, in case you don't have.

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Old 05-04-2009, 12:19 PM   #4
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I don't feel it dragging at all times. So I'm not sure if its just an intermittent problem, or if I just don't notice it all the time

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Old 05-05-2009, 09:51 AM   #5
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The caliper could be bad also. They get corroded inside and start to stick in one position. If something were out of line from collision damage, I'm sure you would have noticed it before now.

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