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FIRE ON THE WHEEL

1993 Mercury Topaz • 4 cylinder 2WD Automatic • 34,200 miles

1993 Mercury Topaz, right front wheel area got hot and melted away the plastic dust shield and scorched tie rod and balljoint rubber boots. What caused this? Inside of wheel got hot enough to melt rubber, or whatever wheel has for a coating
on it.
Brakes or wheel bearing?
Kenny
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Kennystoy
February 26, 2011.



Caliper piston could have seized-up-Check here 1st then wheel bearings


Rasmataz
Feb 26, 2011.
Sounds like your brakes are rubbing hard! Usually it's the rubber brake hose from fender to caliper. The bracket clamp rusts on the inside and squeezes hose shut. Fluid can be forced thru from pedal side but cant get back.


Tiny
Fixitmr
Feb 26, 2011.
My son's car, he did say that it acted like brakes were holding him back but he drove on!


Tiny
Kennystoy
Feb 26, 2011.
It is free now but what to do to prevent again?


Tiny
Kennystoy
Feb 27, 2011.
It's really a rare thing for any 1 car. Just inform son that if he smells burning and brakes/car are acting funny to stop and check it out?


Tiny
Fixitmr
Feb 28, 2011.