Anyway, question about my '88 302. Today I took it for a bath after the 45 minute drive home in rush hour traffic. When I sprayed the wheel with the high pressure water, the wheels were letting off some major steam under the hubcap. The brakes must have been damn hot. I know it was rush hour traffic and Broncos weigh a lot, but is it normal for the fronts to run so hot? If that happened in my 5.0 I'd be seriously worried. Tell me why I shouldn't be, please, in my Bronco. BTW, the brakes work fine.
Your disks might be getting thin and can't displace the extra heat, but hot brakes are pretty common. The only thing to worry about is glazing the pads. Pull the tire off and check the thickness of the disks.
Every time I wash mine it steams like crazy too. My back brakes don't currently do anything, so that's probably most of my problem. It just happens with disks on a 6K pound behemoth. By the way, have you ever watched rally racing at night? Their rotors (disks) glow bright orange with heat, and their cars only way 1/2 what our trucks do, so that'll tell you how hot those suckers can get.
It's a Jeep thing? My Bronco thing will run over your little Jeep thing.
I have the same issue with my 92 Bronco, my commute home sends me down steep hills and by the time i'm at the bottom those brakes would get real mushy and I would have problems with them glazing over. One tip is criusing down hills drop it into 2nd gear and let the tranny slow you down, that takes some of the pressure off the brakes, also you're better off letting your Bronco cool down for an hour or so prior to washing.
Thanks for the tips guys. I had the brakes checked about 4 months ago: 40% wear on the front and 10% on the back. Everything checked out at the time but I'm going to take it Ford and have them check them again. Brakes are one of two things I don't like screwing with (the other being steering) as they are the only two things that'll kill you if you screw it up.
But at least I have some starting points to discuss with the tech.
Brakes are the one piece of work that I will not let anyone else work onIMO, you should dig in and learn the how the front works, you need to be able to do this to ever do any hub servicing or bearing work. If they hang up and fail on you, knowing how they work will let you better decide to fix it or tow it.
Just my .02c worth.
99 4Runner (wifes grocery getter)
My Bronco is sold.
What trail rig will be next...