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Old 02-25-2007, 02:30 PM   #21
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There isn't enough grease in a wheel bearing to do that.
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Tracy - what'* the driver'* side wheel look like?
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Check your brake fluid, also just to be sure that you don't have a leaky caliper, brake hose, or fitting.
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ok wow, thats weird

did a grease Ferry come and take dump on your wheel or something
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Good pictures... It'* definitely not the CV boots.

An inner bearing seal would leak out between the knuckle and the half-shaft bell. The pictures are clean.

It looks thin enough to be brake fluid, but if you lost that much, your dash light would be on, or you'd be piled up somewhere. Besides, all the brake fluid is on the inboard side of the rotor, and inner part of the wheel would have some trace.

An outer bearing seal would leak onto the inboard side of the rotor and down the cooling slots/fins. Again, there should have been evidence on the inboard side of the wheel.

There is a couple other possibilities:
There is a remote possibility that bearing grease could be leaking from the bearing split and running down the axle spline and past the PacNut.
If someone had trouble removing your wheel for a flat, etc. They may have put grease/oil on the pilot diameter and or the lug nuts.

95SLE could be right. And I also vote to try soap and water to start.
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wow..that is a lot of something on there.
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Tracy - what'* the driver'* side wheel look like?
I just so happen to have a pic from the 17th! I didn't post it before because the snow sort of got in the way of the view... but I can testify that the Driver'* side and rears all looked alike - just winter-grime dirty - not the same as the passengerside splatter pattern.

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Check your brake fluid, also just to be sure that you don't have a leaky caliper, brake hose, or fitting.
Ding Ding Ding! Folks! I think we have a Winner! Sorry about the blurry pics...even with supplemental lighting I couldn't get a clear shot. But according to the directions on the cap, the fluid should be up close to the opening....

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Here'* some extra facts:

Weather Conditions - this occured on/around the 14-15th - right in the middle of our 20 days of deep freeze weather. We had two feet of snow dumped on us the evening of the 13th - I remember because it was my son'* bday on the 14th and there was no school that day. Driving to work on the 14th was in 5 F weather (wind chill of -20F) and the roads were at least a foot deep with drifts up to two feet.

Braking: I don't have a spongy pedal... but I do recall feeling something happen - and it was probably on the 14th. Now that I think about it, it did feel like the pedal "let go" about an inch or so. The car had been sitting all day at work, and this occured as I was pulling out of the parking space and braking as I approached the access road. ...there was a crunch sound. I tested the brakes and they worked fine...ABS and all. So I chalked it off to tire slippage on the ice.

Here'* something else that may / may not be a factor. About 5 mos ago, at Bandit'* NYBF, I went over some rough RR tracks... the ABS light and Traction Control lights both came on. The ABS doesn't work after this occurs. The lights are usually out the next time I drive the car and the ABS will work normally. This has occurred at least 6 times since then. This last time, the other day, it was definitely on the passenger side (that was where the road was tore up).
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I don't know.... those pictures showed the caliper and brake lines were pretty dry. You might have brake issues, but I don't think it'* leaking out over your wheel. Your brake fluid level is about what I would expect for 3/4 brake pad wear.
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Tracy, notice the difference of your rotor on the other side? It'* rusty, which would be normal for sitting for a bit after driving in rain or snow. The first picture you posted, the rotor is not rusty, and appears to have brake fluid on it. That would affect how your brakes work on that wheel, and cause the ABS to do strange things. My suggestion is for you to pull that wheel, and caliper and inspect it for leaks. I'd rather be proven wrong, than have you ignore it and have a brake failure.
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lol ok, again, what r u doing tomorrow tracy?

i can come out and see if i can find whats wrong
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