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Brake problems I have a 94 econovan and my front brakes have begun to drag after 20 min or so driving, i checked the pistons to make sure they wernt sticking and bled the system, but they continue to drag,,,any body got any ideas ????

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Hello.Find out what side is applying.You can check this by lifting the front of the vehicle,then having someone apply the brakes.When the pedal is released,both wheels should instantly release.If one wheel wont turn after the brakes are relesased,that is the problem side.If the caliper is not frozen,then it will probably be the rubber brake hose that connects the caliper to the steal brake line.

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