Message text written by INTERNET:Tobermory9@aol.com
>I'm seeking your wisdom again. Here's the problem - I've taken the 6 out
numerour times since you were nice enough to proclaim it sound. Most of
trips were of the 10 minute drive variety as I took it on an errand.
the two times I have had it out for about a half an hour, here's what
happens: the temp gauge starts showing hot (uncomfortably close to the red
line), I seem to have lost some of the oomph when I am accelerating, when I
take that car out of gear as it is rolling it slows much more quickly than
does normally, and most disturbingly, a fine, light white smoke begins to
emerge. So today, on my way home from work, these symptoms arise again.
radiator and the overflow bottle are full, oil level is good so I'm
it's not those. So, I hurry home praying for no stoplights. When I pull
to my parking spot, I leave the car running and pop the hood. Then I
that the smoke seems to be coming from the right front wheel well and there
is a great heat eminating from the wheel area (more so than from the other
three wheels). Any clue as to what this could be? None of these symptoms
show up when I have the car out for only short trips. I'm stumped, but I'd
like to diagnose the ailment.
It sounds like your brake caliper is hanging up and not releasing. The
friction is causing a great amount of heat which may be making your engine
run harder etc. but the main problem is that the brake pads will wear
quickly and the rotor will likely warp.
You may need a caliper rebuild. (Happened to me on my 79 Mustang) (and my
87 AUDI). Tell irv to hop to it. ;-) (Hi Irv)