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Old 08-21-2006, 09:53 AM
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Question Front Brake Problem!

I've come a accross a new problem last week with my front passenger caliper. Occassionally it will seize up on the rotor and start burning the pads. It doesn't always do it but it's immediatly noticable when it does. My speed decreases as soon as I let off the gas and the pads start to cook. It happened shortly after I took it offroad last week. I don't know what's causing it, I took apart the caliper and it seems to be working fine...I cleaned it, greased it up good and was able to compress it with no problems. Like I said it only happens every other time I drive it so I don't know what triggers it to lock up like it does. Anyone that's had this problem or anyone with advice please give me a clue!!
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The same thing happened to me on my jeep I was on my way home from work when it locked up on me. My whole tire rim and hub assembly were burning hot to touch. got a good burn while taking the rim off. I just went to advance and bought a new caliper ($30)and replaced it. I haven't had any problems since.

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Old 08-22-2006, 07:02 PM   #3
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Sounds to me like the Caliper probably just needs to be replaced or rebuilt. Happening right after off roading might just be a coincidense. By the way anyone who sees this is there a spell check on this thing I am really bad at spelling.
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Just a Thought

Your situation brings up an important thought about brakes and offroading (though it may not be directly tied to your situation). After every offroad experience, one of the first things to do is to clean out the rotors and/or drums and pads because it is amazing how quickly they can deteriorate when dust, dirt and mud accumulate. Compressed air can work wonders.
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i agree with the above, even a little bit of dust or dirts, and esp sand on the brakes is bad.... moving at that fast of a speed and being pressed betweed the pads and disk or drum.... it's similar to shooting your disk or drums with a sand blaster will eat them away before you know it
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Thanks for all the input everyone. I took it out again last Saturday night and it started seizing up again on the way, but we went through a few little puddles that were deeper than my front bumper...anyway, since then I haven't had any problems, so I guess there was some debris that got washed away.

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