Brakes not hanging up - rear axle issue
I have posted here before on a problem I had with my rear brakes hanging up on my 01, 74328. I thought I had Bosch pin slide brakes. I had them lubed and the wheels pulled several times to try to find the problem. But my rear left wheels continued to smoke and heat up. As might be expected I was very careful using the brakes.
This summer I went to Henderson's in Grants Pass, OR. I was very impressed with their service, attitude and quality of the work. They worked on the brakes and this is what they found.
1. I do not have Bosch 73mm pin slide brakes although I have the manual for them with my coach manuals! I have Dayton fixed caliper brakes. So much for the lube I had done and paid for.
2. The brake pad was saturated with oil and this caused the smoking and maybe excess heat.
3. What I did have is a leaking rear axle seal which spread the fluid onto the brake pad and inside rear wheel which caused a dirt buildup on the ABS indicators resulting in an ABS sensor malfunction.
I was told that since replacing the rear axle seal is a messy, somewhat difficult job that mechanics do not frequently wish to do. Maybe that is why this problem was never found when my wheels were pulled.
I hope my experience is helpful to others. PS I had about 90,000 miles when this started and had it fixed at about 105,000 miles.
2001 36 MDDS
03 Honda Pilot toad