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Rear brake issue, 2 different techs, no answer?
I have posted a short version of this in Ohio chapter but I want to give a full breakdown here and try to get some ideas, so here goes.
I had new pads/rotors put on the rear of my 05 F250 at 101K in November, I just rolled 105K and since then my rear brakes have been having some serious issues. When I drive mainly freeway miles my rear brakes are usually fine, I drive 30miles each way, to and from work, but I have yet to have any issues from just the highway drive there. EXCEPT if I end up going downtown into stop and go traffic; in that case, my rear brakes lock in the braking position, but not to the point of skidding, just shuttering or to the point of burning brake pad smells and the wheels getting too hot to touch.
This happens almost anytime I have driven the truck more then just freeway miles. The other day it happened when I left the gym and drove 10 mins freeway, got off, hit 4 lights and parked. They were so hot I could not even leave my hands on the rear wheels, then I put furniture in my bed and drove 10 mins freeway, then stop and go. At this point my truck smelled like it was going to catch fire.
The rear brakes had gotten so hot that when I was stopped at lights or even driving 25mph in the subdivision, I could smell the pads burning. When I finally got home, the rotors were not red like nascar style BUT the smell was awful, and the wheels were covered in the brass/copper color of the brakes burning.
I have taken it to 2 different mechanics and neither are able to diagnosis it. Both have taken the wheels off and nothing catches or moves different. But I did buy new remanned calipers to get installed.
The Advancedauto guy told me it could very well be my brake lines and fluid getting stuck in the calipers and locking them closed?
What do people on here think? Calipers, lines, master cylinder? ABS?
The truck has 105K on the original rear rotors, but I really do not want to drop a ton of cash on this. 100 for the calipers, and probably 100 for labor, but I am looking for peoples input on here in case it would be better to trade back down to an F150.
I lifted my F250 Screw, EGR full delete, Custom Tunes, Intake, and full exhaust, and gauges getting installed next weekend, all since owning it, so I would really lose some coin.