1999 Ford SVT Contour Brake Pull

brakes
#1

SVT CONTOUR BRAKE PULL:



Symptom: Car pulls to right under braking. Right front pads wearing faster than LF pads. More heat in RF than LF Brake.



Diagnosis: Restricted Brake Hoses or Sticking caliper.



Corrective action Taken 1/3/09: Replaced all 4 wheel brake hoses and both front calipers. Flushed and bled system w/fresh DOT 4 fluid.



Result: Pull not corrected.



Action Taken: Switched front tires side to side



Result: No change:



Action taken Checked wheel bearings, ball joints, bushings, tie rod ends for play/looseness. Performed 4 wheel alignment (was barely out of spec before alignment).



Result: No Change

#2

Check the front left caliper to see if it is sticking.

#3

Did you replace the slides with the caliper?

#4

Thank you for the suggestion. Replaced with new ones 1/3/09. Nothing is sticking.

#5

SVT CONTOUR BRAKE PULL (Complete Record to Date):

Symptom: Car pulls to right under braking. Right front pads wearing faster than LF pads. More heat in RF than LF Brake.

Diagnosis: Restricted Brake Hoses or Sticking caliper.

Corrective action Taken 1/3/09: Replaced all 4 wheel brake hoses and both front calipers. Flushed and bled system w/fresh DOT 4 fluid.

Result: Pull not corrected.

Action Taken: Switched front tires side to side

Result: No change:

Action taken Checked wheel bearings, ball joints, bushings, tie rod ends for play/looseness. Performed 4 wheel alignment (was barely out of spec before alignment).

Result: No Change

Action 1/6/09: Took car to dealer for diagnosis. Dealer checked all above plus switched pads side to side.

Result: No Change. Dealer suggested replacing master cylinder.

Action Taken: Replaced master cylinder.

Result: No change

Action Taken: Dealer contacting Ford Engineering

Action Taken per Ford Engineering: Disable ABS

Result: No change - problem is in base brake or suspension system

Action: Swapped front rotors side to side

Result: Pulled moved to left side - friction difference in rotors. Also found rear control arm bushings to be almost metal to metal - worn out, explaining feathering beginning in tires.

Action taking now: Replacing both front control arm assembies and rotors.