Problem: Hot left hub and wheel shaking
About a month ago I replaced both front rotors and brake pads. After driving for a while(the day after) I noticed that both sides smelled and I assumed it was because of the brake cleaner that was sprayed on it to get rid of the film on the rotor. About a week later I noticed that the inside of the right rotor got deep scratches in it so I took it apart again and realized that the sliding pin that the caliper attaches to was seized so I freed it and lubed both of them on that side and got replacement rotors and pads for that side.
After replacing the right side for the second time I noticed that the left side hub was getting hot. I took the left side apart again and cleaned out the sliding caliper pins and lubed them. The tires appear to turn just fine(by hand after applying brake pressure) so I don't think the caliper is frozen on that side. The inside of that rotor is starting to get scratched up(right side appears to be fine right now).
The front left hub is a lot hotter than all of the other hubs. There has also been wheel shaking since I replaced the rotors and pads. Sometimes its at lower speeds(30 - 40) and sometimes its higher speeds(60+). The first time I noticed it I was going 70+. I also did notice once that the car pulled to the right when I braked but that has only happened once. I don't know if the hub was getting hot before I did the replacements.
I had to do some banging on wrenches to get the caliper and caliper bracket loose so is there a chance I loosened up a bearing or something in the process? I had a friend who knows more about cars than me check a few bearings and he says they appear to be fine. I'm going to try to do the 12 and 6 position check tomorrow to double check check the wheel bearing.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! -Adam
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Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 AT 9:37 PM