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Re: Hot brakes

Subject: Re: Hot brakes
Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 20:36:45 EDT
In a message dated 5/29/99 8:31:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< They don't seem to be binding when the car is rolling along, and they
 certainly work to stop the car, so am I worrying unnecessarily? >>

Did you check or replace your wheel bearings?  If you just replaced them, did 
you pack them with fresh grease?  A wheel bearing can also create excessive 
heat as you described.  If you don't know when your bearings were last 
replaced, go ahead and spring for new ones.  $40 bearings are much cheaper 
than $90+ hubs if your bearings sieze...

Just a thought...

Put the car in neutral, with the engine off, and push it back and forth.  If 
you hear noise, try to determine whether it's coming from your brakes or 
hubs.  Put the e-brake on, and try rocking the front wheel back and forth on 
both sides of the car.  If it wobbles, you might need new bearings...

Mike Lishego
1974 MGB (Still holding down that precious garage space)
1986 Plymouth Turismo (Holding down the other precious garage space)

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