R&R front brake pads, now I have less braking power AND rear wheel(s) lockup easy
I posted about this in the other thread that gives the how-to on changing the front brake pads, but I don't think anybody saw it because it was an old thread. Hope it's ok to post it again here in a new thread....
Ok, so I changed the front brake pads on the ranger, a 2000 3.0 2wd model. The old pads were screeeetching when stopping, so I knew it was time, however the truck did seem to stop fine before. Easy process, have changed brakes on my f150 couple times so I knew the process. The only thing I did differently was I didn't open the bleeder when I compressed the pistons, but according to that how-to thread, that is an OK thing to do.
Now... I've driven it to town a couple times, and it seems like the front wheels aren't getting any braking assistance (or not as much as usual) and the rear brakes are doing most of the work. When I go out and drive the truck at first, if I lightly tap the brakes, the rear wheel(s?) will lockup just for a second. No rain around here lately, drought in Louisiana, so the pads were dry I'm sure.
Another thing, when I get back home from a 20mi trip, the front rims are VERY hot, hot enough that I can't leave my hand on for more than a couple seconds.
The pedal isn't spongy at all, but I did take the tires back off and bleed both front brakes some, didn't see any air so figure that's not the problem.
I wonder if it could be the calipers? Could both go out at one time, or maybe just one is out? I can say that when I suddenly jam on the brakes, the truck does try to go to the right side a little and I have to catch it and steer left just a little to keep straight.
I feel like this is gonna cause me to have a wreck cuz I can't stop fast enough like it should. Any ideas what I should check? Are there ways to check the calipers?
Thanks for any help..