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Tiny
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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.

Thanks, Jim
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Thursday, June 7th, 2007 AT 6:08 PM

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Tiny
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Hi Jim,

Typically pads, rotors and calipers are done in pairs. Sometimes for these symptoms. The left rear may not be working well and the right rear is, causing it to get too hot. -Not good.
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Thursday, June 7th, 2007 AT 6:40 PM
Tiny
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Thanks Paul (Service Writer),

I was not aware of the "replace in pairs" rule. The right rotor & caliper were in obvious bad shape, the rotor had grooves and the original pads on the right side had disintegrated, and the left did not show any of the wear that the right showed: the original pads were much less worn.

I will replace the left rotor and caliper.

Would you suggest replacing the new pads, since they have been under abnormal stress, at least on the right side.

Thanks again, Jim
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Thursday, June 7th, 2007 AT 9:36 PM
Tiny
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In the perfect world, yeah. But I might just take care of the other side and see how it goes. There is a chance of a fluid restriction that can be a source of concern. Not real common, I'm inclined to think along the lines of my first post.
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Friday, June 8th, 2007 AT 5:09 AM

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