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What could Discount Tire have done to my brakes??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by justhorsinaround, Nov 13, 2003.

  1. justhorsinaround

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    Took the Blazer to get the tires balanced and now the brakes are draggin and makin noise. Any ideas?? Thanks in advance for any help.


    Well all fixed now. Turns out the wheels were rubbin on the calipers. I'm guessin that when I first put the wheels on when I bought the truck I didn't notice the rub and since Discount did a rotate as well as balance this go around I noticed. A little grindin and what do ya know no more nasty noises and the brakes are back to normal. You should see the grind marks where now all four wheels were comin in contact with the calipers. Thanks folks for all the advice. I prolly could have figured it out eventually but the heads up in advance sped the process up.


    Allan
     
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    Re: What could Discount Tire have done??

    They put on some monster weights that are hitting the drums/calipers? /forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif
     
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    Re: What could Discount Tire have done??

    Take the wheels off and see if it still makes noise.

    I doubt this could cause your problem but I remember hearing/reading somewhere that improper lug torque is a big cause of rotor/caliper problems.

    Probably some bullshyt I heard somewhere, anybody else?
     
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    Re: What could Discount Tire have done??

    ttt
     
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    did they adjust the brakes or anything? maybe they pinched a hard line with a lift or jack/jackstand? i dont know what the hell "discount tire" is, we dont have them here, but you can usually bet, if "discount" is in the name, you get what ya pay for...
     
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    They might've pinched a line or somethin but Discount Tire is an up and up kinda place. I used to work for them eons ago. Thanks for the idea.

    Allan
     
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    Re: What could Discount Tire have done??

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    I doubt this could cause your problem but I remember hearing/reading somewhere that improper lug torque is a big cause of rotor/caliper problems.


    [/ QUOTE ] this would be my guess too.... /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: What could Discount Tire have done??

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    I doubt this could cause your problem but I remember hearing/reading somewhere that improper lug torque is a big cause of rotor/caliper problems.

    Probably some bullshyt I heard somewhere, anybody else?

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    Honestly, it's not bullshit. If you don't use the correct torque pattern or have a consistent amount of torque on each lug, it WILL cause the rotor to distort, eventually causing it to fail. That's why when I take my truck somewhere for anything to requires the wheels come off, I make sure to be standing there when the wheels go back on. I ALWAYS tell them to find a torque wrench to put them back on with.
     
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    Re: What could Discount Tire have done??

    As this is a new concept to me, will another 5 miles back to the tire store hurt the rotor or do I need to loosen and tighten them before the critter moves again? Thanks for the inputs folks.

    Allan
     
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    Re: What could Discount Tire have done??

    If the rotor is warped its warped, 5 miles isnt gonna hurt it any more then 5000 would. I would jack up the truck and spin each wheel and see which one is dragging, then check my lines. Are you sure the brakes are dragging, I have seen wheel weights hit fronend parts and make a bunch of strange noises. What about tires rubbing on body. ?
     
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    Re: What could Discount Tire have done??

    I should have elaborated a little more than what I did. From my experience, it has been mostly cars and light trucks that inconsistencies in torque affects. Our trucks and the like generally have a thicker rotor, so it takes a LOT more to affect them. But yes, if you do suspect your brakes to be messed up by all means jack it up, turn the tires by hand, and fix accordingly. Also, if it helps to settle your thoughts, break the lugs loose and torque them properly.
     
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    I have a couple of questions before I say what it sounds like. First: Do you have Steel or Alum wheels? Second: What size is the tire and rim? Third: Do you see any hammer on weights on the inside or outside edge of your wheels?

    If you have Alum. wheels, 15" and don't see any weights, than I would say that they used tape weights. Some times they will not clear the caliper as the tire rolls. Take it back and have them re-balance them and space the weights out better. Sometimes if they don't have the right weights they will stack them.... Big no no on a chevy with 15" rims... HOpe this helps...
     
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    This is where I feel like a complete idiot. I believe them to be 15x10 wheels and they must be steel as they have the clip on style weights (although they look aluminum). The tires are 33x12.5 BFG's. Hope this helps you out helpin me out if that makes any sense. Thanks again in advance.

    Allan
     
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    I wonder if the wheels have diffrent back spacing????
     
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    This I kinda doubt cuz they used to be on the Z-71 I used to own and I went through at least two sets of tires on that ole truck and never had this prollem.

    Allan
     
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    HOw long have they been on the blazer for? I Would check into the backspacing, jacu up the thuck and do the spin the titres by hand test, if you find one thats binding and you dont see it hitting any thing, rotate it to the oppisite axle.
     
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    This I kinda doubt cuz they used to be on the Z-71 I used to own and I went through at least two sets of tires on that ole truck and never had this prollem.

    Allan

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    Thats your problem...they are hitting the tie-rod ends. If they are stock Z71 wheels then they are 5" backspacing. The K5's cant handle anything greater than 4" backspacing. Look at your front end and see if they are hitting the tie rod ends. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    Thats your problem...they are hitting the tie-rod ends. If they are stock Z71 wheels then they are 5" backspacing. The K5's cant handle anything greater than 4" backspacing. Look at your front end and see if they are hitting the tie rod ends. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif

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    I second that it sounds like your hitting the tie-rod end...
    Hope this helps.....
     
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    warped rotors wont cause a dragging sensation, bent rotors will
    how all of a sudden did the wheels become improper backspacing after they were balanced?im willing to bet the problem might have been there before and hes just noticing it because someone was just working near those components
     
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    Well all fixed now. Turns out the wheels were rubbin on the calipers. I'm guessin that when I first put the wheels on when I bought the truck I didn't notice the rub and since Discount did a rotate as well as balance this go around I noticed. A little grindin and what do ya know no more nasty noises and the brakes are back to normal. Thanks folks for all the advice. I prolly could have figured it out eventually but the heads up in advance sped the process up.


    Allan

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    Did they use stick on weights?
     

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