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1994 Ford Taurus 96000 miles

Its been one thing after another with this car & we are thinking about selling it, however before we can do that Id like some opinions.

My husband installed rear brakes & one new caliper about 4 months ago. Drove it about 10 times before the brakes started dragging.

It sat for a while & now it is leaking oil too?

What could cause the brakes to drag?
 

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Is it the front or rear brakes that are dragging? Dragging fronts are often siezed caliper slider pins due to lack of lubrication / damaged or torn pin boots that allow moisture, salt, etc to get in and sieze the pins. Dragging rears are often caused by the rear shoes over adjusting due to improper installation (primary and secondary shoes switched, self adjusting mechanism not assembled correctly, etc) or siezed parking brake cables holding the brakes on.

Where is the oil leaking from?
 

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Thanks everyone. Car has disc brakes on the rear. Not sure if husband will feel like fixing it or not? The car has been a major source of frustration since we bought it last year :-(

Not sure where the oil leak is coming from. We moved the car yesterday & had a huge oil puddle on the driveway.
 

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Unfortunately fixing the brakes and the oil leak won't increase the value of the car when selling it but not fixing them will definately hurt the value.

When the brakes are dragging can you actually feel it or do you hear a squeeling noise? If it's the slider pins hanging up or a reassembly mistake it might not cost anything to fix it. Also, if you can look around to locate the oil leak it might be a simple repair. If it is loose oil pan or valve cover bolts do not overtighten them or it could make it worse.

Good luck and I hope they are easy fixes for you!
 
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