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Old 07-16-2007, 08:41 PM   #1
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Brakes Smoking?

I noticed today that my right passenger side brakes where extremly hot. I've noticed while driving down the road that it pulls to the right. Obviously it sounds like my right passenger side brakes are semi locking up. What are my solutions? Anything specific to look for?

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Old 07-16-2007, 09:01 PM   #2
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Got to be a stuck caliper along with worn out guide pins. I'd strongly suggest a good break job.

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Old 07-16-2007, 09:30 PM   #3
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I'd also say brake job. If you're real handy, check the piston in the caliper for a spur. If they aren't perfectly smooth, they can seize. A caliper rebuild kit is cheap, but easy to mess up.
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:36 PM   #4
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replace both the caliper's as if the one is locking up the other may not be far behind. Very easy job to do yourself.
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:39 PM   #5
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You can get re-mans at an auto parts store, and they come w/ pads and a lifetime warranty. And, yes a very easy fix.
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:11 PM   #6
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Thank you for the information. I was planning on taking it to a shop tomorrow and let them diagnose. While I know a little about breaks, I just dont have to tools with me right now to work on it.
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Old 07-17-2007, 10:50 PM   #7
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Got the calipers done today. I got new calipers, new pads and flipped the rotors. all for one amazing low price of $300.00. Im excited about adding that to the credit card! and of course i didnt do it.
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Glad you got that fixed. I'd hate something bad to happen because of brake failure.
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Apex, you shoulda called me. I had a set of calipers I could have GIVEN you. Pads and rotors would be 100.00 or so at the Zone and I could have helped you. I just did my TJ 2 weekends ago and would have been happy to help you.
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Old 07-18-2007, 09:31 AM   #10
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Thank you for the offer. "day late, dollar short"
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:50 PM   #11
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2002, I must apologize. I thought you were another person, here in Huntsville with an 02 Apex. hehehe

I don't feel so bad that you didn't contact me now! haha

Glad you got it all worked out though!
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:02 AM   #12
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Question

I'm actually having the same problem. I arrived at a little mexican dive today to meet a friend, got out and saw some smoke and smelled brake from the driver side front. I got down on the ground and whipped out my flashlight just to make sure. I took her back out immediately, and set her in neutral. She rolled forward just fine, doesn't pull, and the brakes do not feel spongy or have a low pedal.

So.... WTF?
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:44 AM   #13
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Jiffy to me it sounds like your bottom guide pin is stuck and does not move. It could be rusted as well. Take the front wheel off, take the brake pads off and see. I assume the brake pad will be worn out in an angle.

The guide pins should be able to move in and out freely. Put some grease on them when you're putting them back together.
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To me it sounds like your bottom guide pin is stuck and does not move. It could be rusted as well. Take the front wheel off, take the brake pads off and see. I assume the brake pad will be worn out in an angle.

The guide pins should be able to move in and out freely. Put some grease on them when you're putting them back together.
Doesn't sound likely to me, I lubed the crap out of those pins with silicon before I put them back in. I'll check it out though. Any other ideas?
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Stuck caliper. Not much stuff that can go wrong there.

When you lubed the pins, did they move in and out freely?

When you slightly step on the brakes, does it straighten out?
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:05 PM   #16
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Yeah, they moved just fine. I remember pushing on them because for some reason it was slightly entertaining.
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I remember pushing on them because for some reason it was slightly entertaining.
hehe in a bad way

The next thing on the line would be to check ur calipers. Make sure they compress easily and so forth.

I dont remember since i did the brakes on my rig a while ago but you could be missing a clip to help push the pads away from the disk. I believe mine had them but it was a while back when i first got my rig.
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Figured out what it was. I have an upper ball joint grease zerk that is somewhat exploded, and it dripped a fat wad of grease on the disc. That's what happened.

Heart attack status: averted

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