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Old 06-17-2014, 08:54 PM
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Break calipers

Had an issue on the way home from work today. When I accelerated my 1997 jeep wrangler started to pull left. When I hit the breaks it pulled right. Thought maybe a trackbar issue or something until I got underneath it and could smell it. Think calipers seizing. Any recommends on calipers?

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Welcome to the forum. Definitely sounds like a caliper - I would replace them both. Don't necessarily have any recommendations, I usually shop prices at the local parts stores.

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Sounds like a collapsed brake line. Try replacing them both first before doing the caliper.
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Thank you for the response. Two things. I've shopped around. Oriellys and a few others. Prices for calipers ranging from 20 to 80 or more. Pretty sure I don't want 20 dollar calipers on my jeep lol.

As for the break lines collapse. Would that have a burning smell to it as well? Thank you!!
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A bad hose won't smell but Scott is correct in that a hose deteriorating internally can keep fluid from returning back to the master cylinder, causing the same effect as a stuck piston in a caliper. Stuck pistons are more common but it could be either one. If the Jeep still has the original hoses, not a bad idea to replace anyway.
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As for the break lines collapse. Would that have a burning smell to it as well? Thank you!!
A brake hose that has failed internally can act like a check valve. It will allow the brakes to be applied but not release. When the caliper piston cannot "return," the pads stay in closer contact with the rotor and get hotter than normal.

The fact that you experience pulling when the brakes are applied suggests to me that the hose is not the cause of your problem. 'Twas me, a couple of caliper repair kits would be installed. Along with some steel pistons.
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A pull one way when not braking and pull the other way when braking would indicate caliper that's dragging and seized.
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Could always use it as an excuse to upgrade to Black Magic brakes, or if you were wanting to really upgrade, the Vanco big brakes with Black Magic pads and centric premium rotors.
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Awesome advice. Looks like I got my weekend all planned for me! Thanks all

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