1990 Ford Tempo right front wheel is more or less, not movi

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CHRIS2009TAYLOR
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  • 1990 FORD TEMPO
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 130,000 MILES
My right front wheel is hot to touch, and I suspect the brakes or the bearing on this side. I don't hear any rumbling; so I think it is the brakes.I've therefore taken off the front wheels(1990 ford Tempo - regular, is on front jack stands)and put it in gear: the wheel seems to turn freely.

Any suggestions? Why is the right side seemingly seized (pulling) - I can only travel about 45 km/hr top speed. Everything was fine the week before.
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Thursday, October 8th, 2009 AT 9:38 PM

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Sounds to me as though your brake caliper is sticking
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Thursday, October 8th, 2009 AT 10:04 PM
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You can remove pads and pump out the caliper piston till the rubber bootseal is easy to pry/lift away from piston. See if rust/dust is visible and try lubing behind/under seal with a rust dissolver like WD40 or just use brake fluid. Use clamp to work piston back in. If too much resistance is found then maybe rubber brake hose is internally blocked/collapsed. Loosen bolt holding it to caliper and see if piston moves easier. If so, remove hose and test by having pedal pushed to see if fluid flows freely and easily.I f not replace hose/bleed caliper reassemble and do drive test.
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Friday, October 9th, 2009 AT 10:56 PM
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Calipers will be replaced. I had decided this before asking the question, but was wondering if the heat being generated could be from anthing else, before going ahead. Thanks for the comments, and I will let you know if this solves the problem.
The disc appears to be ok, ie not warped. But their is some discoloration. Is this a problem? Disc needs replacing?

Thanks for the comments, as it turns out as suspected it was the Calipers.
I was concerned with the slight discoloration of the Disks, but I clean them up and they seem to be working fine!
Thanks to all those who submitted comments(jeepfan and fixitmr). I don't know how these points work? How do I get points? How many points to give if comment was helpful? I gave point to the fellow that was first to suggest it was probably the calipers.

Thanks again,

Chris
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Saturday, October 10th, 2009 AT 12:08 PM

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