Brake Problem

Tiny
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1998 Ford Contour, 111K, 2.5 V6
Had replaced the front right side wheel bearing. Caliber slide pins were tight then. I believe they were lubricated (not sure though). Three months later, needed to have the wheel bearing replaced again. I requested that the mechanic look over the front end of the car to make sure nothing else was wrong. I was told it was just the wheel bearing. I would hear some noise in the brakes as if the were hanging up, but didn't notice any difference in driveablility. One month after replacing the wheel bearing for the second time, I started to hear a noise in the right brake as if they were rubbing and then grinding. When my husband inpected them the clip on the outside of the caliper was missing (i've since been told that the clip is only for sound control, correct?). Upon inspection, we found that the outside brake pad was totally gone. We thought that the missing clip must have worn the brake pads out. Replaced pads and clip. After diving approximately 70 mi, the clip was missing again. I continued to hear a rubbing noise in the wheel even when not applying the brakes. Changed caliper and added new clip. Drove approximately 60 mi, clip was ready to fall off. The new brake pads (after market), had shims (I guess that is what you would call them) back of the pad, that were pushed off the rivets into the rotor toward the back of the car (not the part of the rotor that the pads rest on). At a loss, we took it to a friend who looked at it and said that everything looked fine. He replaced the clip, but it was gone by time we got home (less than 1/2mile). Any idea what may be causing this? Is it related to the wheel bearing? What would make the wheel bearing go bad in three months?
Thank you so much for you time. I think this is really great that you help people this way. Jean
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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 AT 9:12 PM

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Tiny
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A wheel bearing that goes premature, in my experience, is one that is improperly torqued at the axle nut, or a cheap wheel bearing. Personally I prefer Timken brand because I don't like doing them twice.

The clip is an anti-rattle clip that your are referring to I believe and would be for noise control. I see no relationship the the pad or bearing problem from the clip.

Maybe post a pic of how the clip is being installed?
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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 AT 9:33 PM
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I wrote to ask you about the below problem in March. It is now 2 1/2 mths since the wheel bearing has been changed. The bearing is bad AGAIN. The mechanic says the maybe the whole thing (hub or axle I'm not exactly sure) needs changed. My brother-in-law (also a mechanic) who changed the wheel bearing in December (approx 6 mths ago) says the hub wouldn't be the problem because the bearing is pressed on. The bearing was replaced in Dec, Mar and needs replaced now. Any ideas? Thank you.

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Had replaced the front right side wheel bearing. Caliber slide pins were tight then. I believe they were lubricated (not sure though). Three months later, needed to have the wheel bearing replaced again. I requested that the mechanic look over the front end of the car to make sure nothing else was wrong. I was told it was just the wheel bearing. I would hear some noise in the brakes as if the were hanging up, but didn't notice any difference in driveablility. One month after replacing the wheel bearing for the second time, I started to hear a noise in the right brake as if they were rubbing and then grinding. When my husband inpected them the clip on the outside of the caliper was missing (i've since been told that the clip is only for sound control, correct?). Upon inspection, we found that the outside brake pad was totally gone. We thought that the missing clip must have worn the brake pads out. Replaced pads and clip. After diving approximately 70 mi, the clip was missing again. I continued to hear a rubbing noise in the wheel even when not applying the brakes. Changed caliper and added new clip. Drove approximately 60 mi, clip was ready to fall off. The new brake pads (after market), had shims (I guess that is what you would call them) back of the pad, that were pushed off the rivets into the rotor toward the back of the car (not the part of the rotor that the pads rest on). At a loss, we took it to a friend who looked at it and said that everything looked fine. He replaced the clip, but it was gone by time we got home (less than 1/2mile). Any idea what may be causing this? Is it related to the wheel bearing? What would make the wheel bearing go bad in three months?
Thank you so much for you time. I think this is really great that you help people this way. Jean
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Thursday, June 7th, 2007 AT 8:37 PM
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IF this was mine, I would replace the hub at the same time, based on the frequency of trouble. Again, I would not go with an economy part on this. I would go to a different brand. The axle shouldn't make a difference as I see it.

I might be tempted to get a used spindle with the bearing, hub and all if it fails again.
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Friday, June 8th, 2007 AT 5:41 AM

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