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Old 07-27-2012, 03:42 AM
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Both front brakes dragging

As some of you may have seen in the welcome forum, I just brought home a 2003 X. It was towed behind a Penske truck from Colorado to Washington, so it wasn't driven much at all on the trip. After driving it around a few miles here after taking it off the tow rig, I noticed a bit of a hot brakes smell after pulling into the garage. The lug nuts on both sides were noticeably warm; not too hot to touch but much, much warmer than the rear. Jacked it up and found the wheels harder to turn than what I would consider normal even considering the drag created by the front drive parts. Took the calipers off and the rotors turned much easier. C-clamped the pistons back, reinstalled the calipers and did the relieve pressure with the bleed fitting test to check for a blocked hose. The calipers didn't release; same force needed to rotate the rotors.

It looks like both the rotors and the pads are almost new...I'll have to dig through records to see when/where it was done.

Time for new calipers? Or is the fact that both are equally bad a sign of something different?
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:25 AM   #2
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Unusual for both calipers to be stuck at the same time... but since you pushed the pistons back, and again they stuck... I'd replace both of the calipers.

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I replaced both calipers, did a full bleed with all new fluid and they're no longer dragging. Old fluid was pretty dirty and some gunk came out with the fluid in the old calipers when I got them off the car. Runs and stops fine now!
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