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Old 06-14-2009, 11:48 PM
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Exclamation Brakes cause fire?

I was on my way home today and my passenger side front brake seized up. I didn't notice it right away, when I pressed the pedal it felt like dead wood and there was quite a lag in the vehicle when accelerating. I pulled over about 1-2 miles down the road and the tire was smoking like crazy! I jumped out with a bottle of water in hand and as I checked the wheel it was smoking BAD and there was a small fire. I dowsed it with water which put it out and the water evaporated off as steam as quickly as I poured it on?. It took about 2 gallons of water to cool down a bit and 20 minutes or so later I had to drive it home. Which was about an hour away. I downshifted and used the E-brake probably 95% of the way home.
Would anyone know what could have caused this? And what will I need to replace to remedy this problem? At this point I'm thinking caliper, pads, and rotor. If this is all I need should I change the pads and rotor on the driver side too?
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if i was doing it i would replace all of the pads, both drivers and passengers. but also i would check the drum brakes in the back. another thing would to be to check your bearings in the passenger(or which ever side locked up) side hub.

if the brakes were that hot, you probably have to bleed your brake fluid as it probably boiled.

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NEVER replace pads on one side only.
ALWAYS do them both at the same time.

You'll have to take it apart to see what happened, and what needs replacing. But that hot it'll at least need pads.

The caliper's piston may have got stuck, or the caliper couldn't slide on the sliders - rust? Dirt? Bolt came loose/fell out and it jammed? Wrong pads?

Have a close look at the hose too - sometimes they deteriorate and get a flap inside that acts like a check valve, holding pressure in the caliper.

I doubt it's the Master Cylinder since it's only one side.
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:09 AM   #4
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never do just one rotor either. if it were mine, i would do both sides front calipers pads rotors and rubber hoses. the hoses can collapse inside holding the pressure on the caliper. fix it right the first time and avoid a similar problem later.
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got it done. changed the rotors and calipers and brakes on both sides along with the hose and bled the whole system. Thanks everyone!
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