94 Ford Aerostar


Old 01-25-06, 12:12 PM
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94 Ford Aerostar

Being a have-to-do-it-myself-er with an old van, I continue to build my automotive repair knowledge.

My question: In general, what causes brake pads to stick to the rotor? I have changed my front disc brake pads and got new calipers twice. The driver side is currently o.k., but the passenger side is definitely rubbing while driving. Is it maybe a problem with the brake fluid not getting to the caliper properly? The fluid level is normal. Are there other possible causes?

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Old 01-25-06, 02:22 PM
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brake pads and dics/drums are in contact all the time , but only with extreme pressure when you apply the brakes, unless the car veers to one side when you brake it should be fine to the best of my knowledge.
Old 01-26-06, 05:22 AM
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Failing brake hoses will contribute to brakes not fully releasing, although as bazooka says disk brakes are generally in slight contact most of the time. Unless you are having a braking problem as mentioned OR the pads are wearing prematurely I wouldn't be concerned.
Old 01-26-06, 06:16 AM
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Thanks for the replies

I took the wheel off last night and noticed that the pads are pretty worn considering I just changed them last month. Another thing that may be a factor is that my wife has a paper route and does a lot of stopping. What concerns me the most is that I am hearing a "whomp whomp whomp" while I'm driving and it is coming from the same side. I have all 4 new tires so I don't think its the tires. I have also noticed that when the brakes are applied, I hear a "pop" on the same side. There is no squealing or loud grinding though. I'm pretty sure something is not right.

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