1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Warm front drivers side tire??

Discussion in 'Subaru Sambar' started by slayshit, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. slayshit

    slayshit New Member

    I have noticed that my front drivers side tire is quite warmer than all the others I am sure I have heard someone else on here saying the same thing, anyone?

    MAXOUT Member

    Is the wheel hot too? If so you may have a brake caliper sticking or a bearing going bad.
  3. andy_george

    andy_george Member

    Yeah, what MAXOUT said. If only the tire is warm, and not the wheel itself, maybe that wheel is toed in or out too much, but if it's enough to make it warm, you'd be chewing up the tread big time.

  4. Mighty Milt

    Mighty Milt Active Member

    check tire inflation... underinflated tires get hot from cords working back and foth and will throw the tread.
  5. Mini4WD

    Mini4WD Member

    You should be able to tell if it is the toe in is out is by looking at the tire itself. If no un-normal wear is seen then you can raise the front end up and spin the tire by hand. If it is dragging more than the other side then it is probaly the caliper sticking which is a pretty easy and cheap fix if the piston isn't damaged. Lots of times gunk gets in behind the piston boot and won't let the piston release all the way back inside the caliper. I had the same problem and it was only about an hour or so fix. It is best to remove the caliper completely and put it on a workbench to tear it apart. All I had to buy was a can of brake cleaner which ate most of the gunk and grime off. Then I lightly sanded the piston with fine emory paper. You will need to lube the piston after you get it cleaned to help it slide back in the caliper. I used a C-clamp to press mine back in.
    If it isn't the toe in or the caliper sticking then it is probably a bearing. You can usually tell this by extra play when you shake the wheel.
    Good Luck!!!!!
  6. cmaranto

    cmaranto Member

    Sliding caliper

    Most Jap cars and trucks use a "sliding caliper" design that automatically centers the caliper over the disc. Unfortunately, the sliding studs often freeze in position, not allowing the moving side to float off the disc. The fix is easy though. One needs to unscrew the one removable stud and pull it out. Don't damage the dust boots. Then rotate the caliper up and slide it off the remaining stud. Clean and grease the shafts with a high temp disc brake grease, although some guys use antiseize. Rotate the caliper back down and rethread the removable shaft and torque to spec. The caliper now will easily float and will not rub the disc.....creating excessive heat.

    Incidently, every truck we get in has at least one frozen caliper from just sitting for a long period of time
  7. slayshit

    slayshit New Member

    MAN I LOVE THE SITE thanks guys for all your awesome answers, sorry I wasnt more specific it is the rim getting warm too, I will jack it up wiggle it to check the bearing take the brakes apart( anyone got any walkthroughs??) relatively new to vehicle mechanics especially a fuel injected supercharged engine ( I have an f100 with a 302 in it, thats what I'm used to I could probably get in under the hood and close it, but with my mini I dont know if my farmcats could squeeze to hide under engine access panel) I thinks it probably a brake caliper sticking because it pulls to the right pretty bad (I know the road crown is reversed here from Japan) thanks again
  8. Mini4WD

    Mini4WD Member

    What brand and year truck do you have?
  9. slayshit

    slayshit New Member

    Its a 1990 supercharged Subaru Sambar w/5 gears ad extreme low gear also with diff lock and a/c it runs wicked too (goes 140+km on highway) though I only did that a few times just to test it, right now my timing belt has slipped and I am looking at the marks on the two sprockets but do not know how they should be?? I am already asking around..
  10. Mini4WD

    Mini4WD Member

    Factory Service Manual Available...

    There is an English Version "Factory Service Manual" for the Subaru Sambar for $69.95. I've never looked at it so I can't tell you how detailed it is but it looks like it would be a lifesaver to Subaru Sambar owners. There may be someone on this site that has bought one and can give better info on it.

    Here is a link.
  11. slayshit

    slayshit New Member

    I will be purchasing that A.S.A.P, thanks for the link
  12. tmikewww

    tmikewww Member

    The manual is pretty in-depth. Well worth the $69.95. I remember when first joining here, there were "people" selling manuals for up to $200.00!!!

Share This Page