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What would cause my right rear brake to get hot?

Got home from work and I smelled something burning got out and saw smoke coming from behind my right rear wheel. I will pull the wheel tomorrow and look. I'm just looking for ideas.

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What would cause my right rear brake to get hot?

Only thing it can be is caliper sticking. Usually caused from grinding brakes for 15" wheels.

If your brakes are stock here's some other stuff that could cause it.

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Thanks. I am stock

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I had a right rear caliper hang up on my low mileage Harley truck, age has a lot to do with the issue I believe. Remove the caliper and see how easily the piston will push in. If you get a lot of resistance open the bleeder if it then goes in much easier you have a brake hose going bad. Probably your best bet is to replace the rear calipers and hoses. Advance Auto has new calipers for a few dollars more than rebuilt ones. As of June 2016 Ford still had all the rear hoses available. Also make sure the shoes are fitting properly and will slide freely on the brackets, many times rust will form under the stainless steel pad guides and the pad will stick.
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Could also be the parking brake shoe(s) "hanging up". I know mine got a little hot when I replaced the shoes and rotors and adjusted the shoes a little too tight.

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Your likely going to have to rebuild your calipers. They Use a phenolic resin piston that goes to hell with age.....

They will look ok to you, but when "old" Phenolic pistons get hot from normal use, they will swell and stick.

Just went through this crap last year with my rears..
Damn near set my back tires on fire....the rotors and brake pads caught fire and turned the disc cherry red...Rebuilt them with new Phenolic pistons and all is well.

Don't waste your time buying any of the "rebuilt calipers" because most of the time they just put the old piston in and the problem will rear its head again.


You either have to rebuild them yourself with new pistons or buy new OEM calipers from ford to know for sure you know what you are getting

Orielly Automotive stocks the pistons and they are actually made in USA..
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could also be a leaking axle seal putting gear oil on brake disc..... but my money
would be on the sticking caliper
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Thanks I have some digging to do.

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I wouldn't waste your money rebuilding it. A new caliper from napa is like $50 bucks. I had them both seize up a few months apart.
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replace the caliper and good idea to go with SS brake hoses anyway. Could be a collapsed hose, sometimes the outside looks fine but inside is collapsed. I had my right rear catch fire a number of years back. I replaced the hoses, and rebuilt the calipers, and that side still got hotter than the drivers side. Only thing that finally got rid of the temp imbalance was new calipers.
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I've had it 11 years and plan on a lot more. I will buy new stuff and ss lines. No use cheaping out now.

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I was noticing a click from my left rear.
I went to check and see if my calipers were sticking or if one of the slides froze up.
It was pretty hot too.
Upon inspection all was good there.
So I spun the axle with no caliper and still heard something.
I snatched the rotor off and both parking brake shoe surfaces fell to the floor completely separated from the metal of the shoe.
Wound in the adjuster and put it back together the way it was. May delete both sides anyway,not many hills here in N E Florida.
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Sir,
I never use the parking brake here in Ga. Never got in the habit. My Babe does when she drives "The Ford". Says she does not want to be shot if something happened! But imho, I think it would be a good idea to repair it. You just never know when you would need it.

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Had the same thing done to my left rear. Saw smoke from by mirror. Pulled over and felt the heat from the left rear. Kind of figured out a dragging brake or parking brakes. I did not feel any drag when moving. Next morning went to Pep Boys (Sunday and only place open). The calipers were not sticking anymore but the rotors had a bluish tint and the brake shoes were worn crooked from dragging. replaced the caliper, replaced both rear rotors, and replaced both rear brake pads with Wagners best -- replaced both sides to keep the abs happy.
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how does the rotor look? here's a great video on replacing brakes and hardware. worth the time.



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