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Front Brakes I have changed the front brakes because the passenger side was sticking. Now they are stivking again. Any Ideas? They get really hot I have a 1999 caravan both front disk brakes get very, very hot at hi-way speeds, eventually they lock up tight. (No I'm braking at hi-way speeds) Actually put the van on stands and pointed it in a safe direction and ran for 10 -15 min at 75 mph and the brakes started to apply (on their own) Rotors are sizzling hot... odd that both calipers would fail and seize at the same time. i would like some advice before I start replacing parts wholesale... Help

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You may have this problem due to contaminated (and overheated) brake fluid. Most people don't usually flush out the brake system, which should be done whenever u do a brake job. Since yours are overheating also, that has to be diminishing the life of the fluid. Brake fluid will also absorb moisture (which is one reason u see instructions to use brake fluid from 'a sealed container.') So, be sure to thoroughly flush the system when u replace components this time, the contaminated fluid has been causing the calipers to 'drag' which wears out the brake pads prematurely.

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