Question about 2000 Chevrolet Silverado
Recently I started hearing a clicking noise coming from the driver side rear wheel and a slight pulling to the left when braking. Having 118,000 plus miles on my 2000 Chev Silverado 4wd 1/2 ton, I figured it was about time time for pad relacement. So I purchased pads and new hardware for all 4 wheels. I started with the driver side rear.Sure enough they were about gone but had worn at an angle. Passenger side was next. They had about 2/3 gone. I did notice tho' at the time of removal of original pads they were of two different styles/designs. Rotors looked good and calipers looked good. Now on to the front brakes. Drivers side first. Pads were like new. I mic'd them and only found a couple thousandths difference from new pads. Checked calipers and rotor, looked good. Installed new pads and hardware. On to the passenger side. Found exactly same situation. Pads were like new. Replaced them and hardware anyway. Job complete. Now for road test. Still found the driver side rear to be the predominate brake. Pulling to left slightly. I purchased this vehicle new, and guess I never noticed the slight pull as it was so subtle. Before I go digging any further for the problem that will correct the braking action to all four wheels, I could use some advice. I suspect the master cylinder is screwed up, but......... !! Oh one more thing, about two years ago I did notice some brake fluid running down the brake pedal and onto the floor mat. I wiped it all off and continued to watch for more leakage, which never occurred again. Thanx, Dave
The two different styles/designs may be part of your ware problem, they may not be made of the same material and maybe warring fastest but I fear that you could have a caliper hanging up. I would go head and install the new bushings in that caliper, so you know they are good and not sticking, with the rest of the brakes all put back together. Press your brake pedal down hard with the rear wheels jack up on stands. Place the shifter in neutral see if you can turn both back wheels fairly easily, the left rear maybe sticking or hanging up. If you don’t find anything, try driving it till you feel it pulling again. Come back and jack it back up, check it again it may have to get hot to act up. If it is hanging up it probable would will not be hard to fine the wheel that is hanging up will be hard to turn. You will feel the drag on it and you may hear it on the rotor. When you release the brake pedal the pads should return far enough to create a little space between the pad and the rotors letting it turn freely.
Posted on Nov 28, 2008
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