1999 dodge stratus 4-door 2.6L with aluminum wheels.
About a month ago I replaced brake pads on all four wheels. I also replaced the roter & caliper on the rear-right wheel with a new roter & caliper from AutoZone.
It was my first brake job and it took several days to complete. I printed and used instruction from this website to do the job.
The weather was much cooler when I completed the job. Last Friday it was very warm, in the 90's, and I had a 15 mile highway trip and when I exited the highway, I had a very strong smell from the right rear brake. Over the weekend, I dismantled that break and the pad on the caliper piston did have a smell. The outside pad did not have a smell.
I cleaned the pads and checked the "sliders" for proper lubrication. (The caliper slides back and forth on the bracket.) The roter is smooth and appears to be "true" to me. I relubed the back of the pads and I reassembled the wheel.
Yesterday, I had a long (40-50 mile) highway trip in rush-hour traffic, and the outside temp was in the 50-60's. There was no smell and the wheel was not overly hot to the touch.
Tonight, the temp is in the 90's and I drove home on city streets for about 7 miles. The rear-right brake smells and that wheel is much hotter than the other 3 wheels.
I also used a "paper test" where I took a piece of rolled notebook paper and I pushed it against the roter, and this wheel turned the paper brown. None of the other roters affected the paper.
The brake action is very smooth and there is no extra noise that I can hear. Yesterday, in particular, I paid attention to the brakes as I drove on the highway and they worked very well.
I am not sure if I should seek to replace the caliper/ roter/ pads or if there is a problem that I do not know how to look for.
Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.
have the same problem?
Thursday, June 7th, 2007 AT 6:08 PM