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Old 10-07-2010, 10:51 AM   #1
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Exclamation Burning smell and heat from rear driver's side brake

I changed out my brake pads yesterday - my first time working on ANY car let alone Jeep. I have a 2005 rocky mountain edition, automatic w/ inline 6. I had the front brakes done and they flushed the brake fluid for me, i decided to do the rear brakes. I put on some ACDelco ceramic pads. The caliper was pretty tight on the driver's side but i was able to get it on. The wheel area it is HOT right where the brake is and smells like something is burning. I am not educated in the different smells but it seems like it may be rubber burning. I felt and smelled my other tires and none have the smell or the amount of heat this one does.

What do i need to do?

How do i KNOW what the problem is?

How do i know if my brakes are 'dragging'?

I bought the extended warranty with it so pretty much everything but the pads are covered - i have a 100$ copay should i try to fix it myself or let someone else do it?

Thank you in advance!!

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Old 10-07-2010, 11:06 AM   #2
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If it's burning hot ur brake is holding. It's either a bad caliper or a collapsed brake line

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Old 10-07-2010, 11:09 AM   #3
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Is there a way i can check for either of those problems?
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:13 AM   #4
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Stuck caliper..... would be my guess.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:15 AM   #5
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Sadly there is no way to check for a collapsed line. But if only one is doing it I agree with seized up caliper. Either rebuild or replace it.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:22 AM   #6
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I think calipers are pretty cheap for our Jeeps...don't forget to bleed the line out after you put the new one on!
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:36 AM   #7
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Also, did you push the brake piston ALL the way back in with a c-clamp before putting on the new brake pad? It also may actually be that your brake piston has seized up. You have to remove your brake caliper (I don't have rear calipers so someone else will need to chime in), remove the dust boot surrounding the piston with a flathead screwdriver, place a rag in front of the piston, and then blow compressed air through the back in the banjo bolt or whatever it is. The piston should come right out.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:51 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone! And i didn't have a c-clamp but used pliers to squeeze the piston all the way back...I will check it out as soon as i get out of class!

Is there a thread that explains how to replace a caliper?
what about one that explains how to bleed the brake lines?
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:54 AM   #9
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Replacing a caliper is as followed:
Remove, install, bleed
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:01 PM   #10
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Except the brake line issue, which is something I as well don't know how to deal with.
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Old 10-07-2010, 02:25 PM   #11
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Brake line is same process. Replace and bleed
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Old 10-07-2010, 02:26 PM   #12
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To bleed the lines takes two folk
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:02 PM   #13
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WOOHOO!! Thanks for all the advice the new caliper is on and working like a champ - bled the lines and feel like im driving a new Jeep!!

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