1996 Geo Prizm 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 116000 miles
Car was braking poorly and pulling left slightly. I checked the front ones (couldn't get the back tires off yet) and the side I thought was bad has the pad is pretty much gone and the disc is kinda rusty and stuff, not clean and shiny like it should be. The wear on the pads was pretty equal the last time I checked, so the bad side must have gone a LOT faster. I had someone hit the brakes while I watched and it looks like both brakes are working, however the bad side is pretty sticky. Doesn't spin on idle or anything. Other side seems fine.
I was just going to replace the disc and pad on the bad side, but the sticking and stuff that suggests to me that the bad side isn't releasing correctly. So I would need to get it to stop sticking before I replace the disc/pad or it would be pointless. Sound right?
I don't know much about cars, so if I can get a plain english guess as to what's going on and what I need to do that would be great.
Saturday, September 18th, 2010 AT 8:31 PM