QUOTE (Lazarus96 @ Mar 30 2010, 09:16 PM)
QUOTE (yiranhu @ Mar 30 2010, 08:54 PM)
You probably have a sticky caliper. Flushing and replacing the brake fluid is going to help. Or you could replace the calipers as well (not that expensive). While you are at it, regrease the slider pin. That should take care of the rotor warping problem.
As far as the rust fender well... well... yeah. People say the only way to avoid that when ur in the salt belt is to have mud flaps... The way that fender well is designed, the paint can peel very easily. After that it's all down hill until everything is rusted out.[/b]
Sticky caliper could cause the rotor to overheat and warp. Would also explain the low MPG. Flushing brake fluid may prevent it from happening again, but probably won't fix an already sticking caliper. Should be a simple operation to jack up the car and see if pads are dragging.
Rust happens. I have some over the rear wheelwells on the Ranger, on the doors of the Mustang, and over the rear wheelwell near the fuel door on the 96 Taurus. It's like any other problem, if you don't fix it, it gets worse.
Thank you for the suggestions.
Regarding the rust, I have seen other Taurus owners reporting that the rust is behind the fender where you can not easily access it. When the rust appeared I sanded it off, primered it, and painted it. In a couple of weeks the rust was showing again. One Taurus owner who posted the issue said the dealer sanded the down a good portion of the fender and primered and painted it; with in a couple of months rust started showing up again. I think the whole fender would have to be replaced. I just thought it was odd that 5 other Taurus's I have seen have the rust on the same side and location. It just makes me wonder why is it the driver side read quarter panel. The rest of the car looks great. Oh well, I just need to get over it and drive the car until it drops and not worry about the rust. I don't think I want to spend the money on replacing the whole quarter panel with a newly painted one. A new quarter panel probably would not blend properly anyway.