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Old 27 Oct 2004, 04:34 pm
mwh
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Default General Diagnostic Question?

Hi,

There is so much good info being passed around this news group, I figure
it's time to ask how the pros determine this issue.

I have a 1992 Civic EX with 152k miles. There appears to be a slight
growling (along with a steering wheel shimmy) from the drive train that
develops only when the car is driven at about 80 mph with several braking
applications (say less than 5 minutes). I suspect that it may be one of the
following; CV joint, wheel bearing or brake cylinder freezing up. I have
also noticed that the right front wheel is difficult to remove after the lug
nuts have been removed apparently do to excessive heat build-up. I am
leaning towards a frozen break cylinder because I had replaced the brake
rotors not long ago and now that the caliper cylinder is pushed back further
into the caliper it may be binding since I'm not really religious about
bleeding the calipers between brake jobs. Also I think I can rule out the
CV joint because the boots are cracking but not torn. Would a wheel bearing
cause this much heat to lock the rim to the hub?

So I guess my question is. How would the pros diagnose this issue?

Mike H
Dover, NH


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Old 28 Oct 2004, 09:09 am
jim beam
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Default Re: General Diagnostic Question?

if that wheel is hotter than the rest after driving around town a
little, it's the brake. simple. rebuild of calipers is not too hard.
"caroline" on this group describes her success doing this, so search the
google archive.

mwh wrote:
> Hi,
>
> There is so much good info being passed around this news group, I figure
> it's time to ask how the pros determine this issue.
>
> I have a 1992 Civic EX with 152k miles. There appears to be a slight
> growling (along with a steering wheel shimmy) from the drive train that
> develops only when the car is driven at about 80 mph with several braking
> applications (say less than 5 minutes). I suspect that it may be one of the
> following; CV joint, wheel bearing or brake cylinder freezing up. I have
> also noticed that the right front wheel is difficult to remove after the lug
> nuts have been removed apparently do to excessive heat build-up. I am
> leaning towards a frozen break cylinder because I had replaced the brake
> rotors not long ago and now that the caliper cylinder is pushed back further
> into the caliper it may be binding since I'm not really religious about
> bleeding the calipers between brake jobs. Also I think I can rule out the
> CV joint because the boots are cracking but not torn. Would a wheel bearing
> cause this much heat to lock the rim to the hub?
>
> So I guess my question is. How would the pros diagnose this issue?
>
> Mike H
> Dover, NH
>
>


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Old 28 Oct 2004, 09:45 am
mwh
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Default Re: General Diagnostic Question?

Thanks for the info!


"jim beam" <nospam@example.net> wrote in message
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> if that wheel is hotter than the rest after driving around town a
> little, it's the brake. simple. rebuild of calipers is not too hard.
> "caroline" on this group describes her success doing this, so search the
> google archive.
>
> mwh wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > There is so much good info being passed around this news group, I figure
> > it's time to ask how the pros determine this issue.
> >
> > I have a 1992 Civic EX with 152k miles. There appears to be a slight
> > growling (along with a steering wheel shimmy) from the drive train that
> > develops only when the car is driven at about 80 mph with several

braking
> > applications (say less than 5 minutes). I suspect that it may be one of

the
> > following; CV joint, wheel bearing or brake cylinder freezing up. I

have
> > also noticed that the right front wheel is difficult to remove after the

lug
> > nuts have been removed apparently do to excessive heat build-up. I am
> > leaning towards a frozen break cylinder because I had replaced the brake
> > rotors not long ago and now that the caliper cylinder is pushed back

further
> > into the caliper it may be binding since I'm not really religious about
> > bleeding the calipers between brake jobs. Also I think I can rule out

the
> > CV joint because the boots are cracking but not torn. Would a wheel

bearing
> > cause this much heat to lock the rim to the hub?
> >
> > So I guess my question is. How would the pros diagnose this issue?
> >
> > Mike H
> > Dover, NH
> >
> >

>



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