So we got my son's Bronco in June, I have been driving off/on since then. Pulled trailers with it, big and small, no issues. I have noticed the ABS sometime kicks in at low speeds, just figured it's got 123K on it, needs new fluid and system bled.
fast forward to this past Saturday, hooked up my 16 footer and head to my sisters to load of old flat rocks from a fountain she tore out. Load up trailer, I am probably hauling 3500-4000# including trailer. Get to first stop sign, Oh my goodness, brakes grinding something fierce, definitely metal to metal.
I make it home and son and I tear into it last night and we found this in pic below. The right side pads are completely gone, the inner pad is into metal plate, rotor is trashed. This thing never made a squeal, grind, nothing until I hauled that load, but it's obvious it's been going on for some time.
The kick in the pants, new rotor is $175
It has an ABS ring and since it's a 4wd, it has the splines inside the hub for the auto unit also=$$$$$.
Man, the most I ever paid for a rotor was $80 for a 1 ton van, this is robbery. I checked the "big" online discount retailers, they list but when I go to checkout, it's states "no longer available" so the local
O' Riellys has it for $171.