Hey guys I'm sitting on the side of the road right now and my driver side front brake is locked up and was smoking when I pulled over....
I replaced the calipers, rotors and pads 2000 mile ago. Don't know *** its locked up for and how to unlock it.
A few notes that might help with diagnosos....
Reason brakes are fully replaced is the damn calipers froze on me so I replaced them all, they better not be frozen again
I run the truck hard offroad occasionally
I've had a whining sound from what I think is power steering pump last 50 miles, no affect to power steering but it's noticeably loud turning at slow speeds
Brakes pedal hasn't been smooth when depressing hard for a while (I rarely slam on the brakes, but got on em kind of hard the other day due to a moron in a civic) rather than a smooth depress or seemed to have a shorter depress than I would expect and felt "gritty" in the pedal for lack of a better word.
Crawl under it and open the bleeder. If it's a pressure issue, that will relieve it and release the caliper. When you replaced the calipers, did you also replace the hoses to them? The hoses can deteriorate on the inside and act like a check valve. If that's happening, the bleeder fix will only work till you apply the brakes again.
The power steering pump noise is probably from being low on fluid.
Probably no help but. Did you measure rotators when you did breaks? Have you tried relieving pressure with bleeder and possibly prying out on pads?Did you have factory pads abd rotors? Havent had to do mine yet but was told our rotors wear out before factory pads. If so could your piston be over extended. Had a calipor stick on a Chevy and pad wore on one side only and piston was out on one side didnt lock but let fluid past piston and piston was cocked. actually outside bore.
Yeah that would work. Coast to a stop, California stops at stop signs. You can also do a reverse tow - where you tow another vehicle behind you that does the braking even though the lead vehicle is the "disabled" vehicle...
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I did loosen the bleeder, and fluid came out fine.... Closed it, tried to drive a block and it was still bound up.... Can't simply not use brakes it's clamped hard enough the wheel takes both hands to keep straight and smokes in 500m of driving at 20mph....
Just towed it home after hours waiting for a flatbed bc the company sent me two different wreckers that wanted to tow me backwards with my front tires dragging, had no wheel dollies and werent allowed to have me disconnect driveshaft....
Ill pull apart tomorrow, To see if it is in fact frozen caliper but I still don't see how after 5k miles and all new brake hardware, and fluid
I DID NOT change the brake lines with the new pad, rotors, caliper install....
Did you remove, clean, regrease the caliber pins? mine locked the left front once, turned out the caliber pin/slide was frozen tight...like beat it with a hammer tight, just a idea.
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