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Could be a caliper issues?
For a few hundred miles I was fighting the steering wheel to keep the truck on the road. It started veering to the right. As it just so happened while I was filling up with diesel, I put my hand close to the rotors on both the front driver and passenger wheels. The passenger side was incredibly hot. Couldn't put my hand on it. The driver side was manageable.
When I got home I jacked the passenger side up and spun the tire. It required some effort but not to much and I can hear the pads rubbing the rotor good. I can also see an imprint on the rotor where the pad had been sitting before. Almost as if it was burned in. The rotors are not warped or glazed over though. Previous breaking has not been an issue as the truck doesn't pull any harder when I do break and it makes no noise.
After letting things cool I removed the tire and then the slider pins which moved freely but I couldn't get the caliper off. I had no way to compress the pistons at that moment so I eventually gave up. I just bought some c-clamps to be delivered later this week. I did however viciously shift the caliper up and down over and over the pads while trying to free it releasing a lot of rust and dust. I finally just blew out as much dust and debris as I could. I put everything back together torqued it down and called it a night.
So this morning (5 am). I hop on the toll road, blaze to 90mph (only time I can open the truck up) then coast at 75MPH for about 12 miles. After some stop and go at a few lights I get to work and park. During the trip the truck had a very small pull to the right. I used my IR gun and hit the driver side rotor which was at 95c and the the passenger side which was at 99c. I could touch the top of both rotors with little concern.
So, in my efforts, is it possible that something may have been previously seized/restricted has been corrected?
I will pull the caliper off and check the pistons them selves once my clamps come in.
Truck is driven 1-2 times a week.
I have 46k on her.