Brake pad smoking-HELP!
I figured I'd start another thread since this is a separate issue and I wanted it to be noticed.
I replaced the rear brake pads on my 05 Montego on Sunday. That evening I drove around and test the brakes out. They did great. The next morning on my commute they did fine as well. However, on my way home yesterday I noticed that half way through my commute the driver's side rear brake was smoking. I hadn't been driving at high speeds or anything. I had driven maybe 5 miles at about 30mph when I noticed the smoking. So I pulled over and could smell burning brakes when I got out of the car. The brake and the rotor were fairly hot(not red hot or boiling hot or overheated, just very warm) and I could see small wisps of white smoke coming from the brake pad. I figured I might have gotten grease or something on the rotor and it was burning off, so I waited a little while and it stopped smoking. I then finished my drive home. When I got home there was no smoking, the pad and rotor were no longer hot(same temp as the other rotors on the car), and the smell was gone; so I assumed all was good.
Fast forward to today. My morning commute went fine but on the way home at almost the exact same spot the driver's side rear brake started smoking again. So I pulled over and checked it out. Same thing as yesterday. Rotor somewhat warm and slight wisps of smoke coming from the brake pad. So I once again waited for it to stop smoking and then finished my drive home. When I got home it was just like yesterday-the burning smell was gone, the rotor wasn't hot, and the pads weren't smoking anymore.
So what's the deal here? The other rear brake is doing fine and my brakes still feel fine-no grabbing or anything like that. I did not lubricate the slide pins on this caliper because I thought they didn't need it. Could that be the culprit? I plan on taking everything back apart tomorrow to check it out. What should I look for to figure out what is wrong?
2005 Mercury Montego Premier--Current car
1995 Ford Crown Victoria LX--Current car
1995 Ford Crown Victoria Base--Beater project car
2004 Mercury Sable LS Premium--TOTALED by drunk driver at 89,000 mi.
Last edited by 04 SABLE; 12-11-2012 at 04:38 PM.