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Old 08-12-2014, 10:48 AM   #1
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Brakes locking up

Just replaced the rotors and pads on my TJ and the right side seems to be locking up and yesterday it smelled like it was burning. Anyone got any tips on know what I should be checking for to make sure everything is in good order?

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Old 08-12-2014, 10:58 AM   #2
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did you flush your brake fluid before compressing the calipers?

sounds like some crud from dirty fluid got into the piston and is causing it to hang

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Go look at the brake hose going to the caliper on the right side and compare it to the left side hose. Is the right side twisted more so than the left side hose?

If you twist the caliper/hose and put it can cause this or other strange brake symptoms and since you just did brakes, this would be my first guess.
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Old 08-12-2014, 12:36 PM   #4
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did you flush your brake fluid before compressing the calipers? sounds like some crud from dirty fluid got into the piston and is causing it to hang
I did not flush the brake fluid before compressing the caliber, I just opened the reservoir cap and compressed the caliper, I then removed the excess fluid once it got near the top and brought the level back down to the full line
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Go look at the brake hose going to the caliper on the right side and compare it to the left side hose. Is the right side twisted more so than the left side hose? If you twist the caliper/hose and put it can cause this or other strange brake symptoms and since you just did brakes, this would be my first guess.
Thanks I'll go take a look at it right now and make sure that's it's, because now that I think about I did twist it quite a few times haha
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Old 08-12-2014, 12:38 PM   #6
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you should flush the brake fluid and hope for the best.
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bad caliper would be my vote..
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Old 08-12-2014, 02:07 PM   #8
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interestingly enough, a similar topic just popped up on JF

Brakes! frustration! need adviced on whatever it is that i've done wrong - JeepForum.com
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bad caliper would be my vote..
You are correct it's a bad caliper
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Old 08-15-2014, 01:27 PM   #10
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good news is not expensive or difficult....easy DIY. replaced axle ujoiunts the other day and one of mine seized as well...had to walk to autoparts store to get new one...lol
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how did you determine it was a bad caliper?
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how did you determine it was a bad caliper?
Talk to a few mechanics I know and they all said the same thing.

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