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Re: front brake pads for 1997 ford ecscort encore
The binding of the brakes is causing the pads to overheat, which is causing the smoke. You need pull the wheel and check things out. Your caliper must be bad (not releasing). You need to replace the caliper, brake pads, and have the rotor cut (a full service parts store or shop cuts the rotor perfectly smooth on both sides), or replaced (it may be cheaper to just buy a new rotor). You should also always change the pads (and check everything else) on the opposite side. So, if u do the brakes on the driver side front, always do the front pass. side at the same time, likewise if u do rear brakes. Whenever you do brakes u should also flush out the brake lines (by bleeding the brakes) until the brake fluid flows absolutely clear. Old brake fluid is the #1 reason for caliper failure. I've seen many times people replace brake components w/out changing the brake fluid, only to have the brakes wear out very quickly, or not function properly. good luck! hope this helps> please rate this!couontrycurt0
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yes baby it to him and replace both calipers and rotors as they will work better with your new brake pads. Do Not Do a half a job when it comes to brakes. its your family you are dealing with. calipers are cheap rotors are cheaper and pads are also cheap. its 3 hours labour to do a complete front brake job and rear brakes take 2 hours. with new shoes turn drums replace wheel cylinders and new rear brake hardware price in Canadian for front brakes under 400 price for rear under 250 American parts prices slightly different but labour times the same
Possibly a right caliper not releasing, either a frozen caliper, or a bad rubber brake hose on the right front. After driving the vehicle, put your hand on or near the center of both front wheels and check for differences in temperature. If the right side is hotter, start checking caliper and hose.
If I may suggest that you go and have a second opinion with the caliper in question.
You could have a faulty caliper/piston.
Sub standard pads and rotors can cause this.
Check the entire hose. Sometimes clamps that hold the hose in place along the line can pinch the hose. If someone was negligent when replacing the caliper.
Improper or to large of pads could have been installed and they don't move properly on the little metal tracks.
There is one other thing that can cause this but it would normally be in all wheels and this is the brake booster. Which is to say the brake booster is a helping hand of sorts because when using pad/rotter there is a great deal more pressure needed than with cylinder/shoe style brakes.
That's about everything that could cause this. Good luck to you. I recommend having a second opinion and let them have a look. Seems like the first one is just costing you money.
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You need to remove the front wheels do only one side at a time so if you forget where somthing goes you can look at the other side to figure it out . you then need to remove the brake caliper and push the caliper piston back to it fully reset postion using a c-clamp or a caliper piston tool .with the caliper off you need to clean the slides where the brake pads slide to make sure the new pads dont bind up . use a brake lube on these point after cleaning ( ask your parts store for this lube it will come in a little tube.Then install your new pads and reinstall the brake caliper , repeat this procedure on the other side. If you have never watched someone do this before and or you are not use to working on cars i would recomend not doing this your self this is a saftey issue . after installing both side of new brake pads reinstall you front wheels ,then sit in the drivers seat pump your brake pedal untill it feels full again ( not going to the floor) then start the car step on the brake and hold firmly. if the brake light does not come on you have completed your brake job correctly. If the light does come on have it towed to your repair shop don't drive it.
jack it up and put a stand under the lower track control and check the ball joints ,then a crowbar in the inner bushes ,also check teh tyres for deformation ,does it have two tyres the same make and same tread pattern on the front wheels
Please DO NOT drive in with the vehicle in this condition!!!!
What you have going on is that the brake caliper (part that holds your brake pads) is bad and sticking. Just remove it, get a NEW one from any chain autoparts store,and replace it. You will have to get a new set of pads as well,as due to the binding, the ones on there now are trashed.
Again,PLEASE do NOT drive in this condition as yours and your fellow drivers ,as well as your passengers safety is at stake.
Its possible that the caliper slides are binding,the caliper is warped,the calipers piston is jamming,Basicly from what youve just said with the over heating you really should replace caliper,rotor,pads and flush brake fluid.The heat your talking about destroys all the rubber seals in thecaliper destroys brake fluid and severely weakens the rotor.If you take the pads out you are likely to find cracking in the pads.Make sure before you fix it that you know what caused it.Is it abs as it maybe a potential cause.