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Brake lock up

After replacing the rear pads, the brakes are "smoking". They got real hot only going a couple of miles.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    I would try the Live Chat option for this one.

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No, he said "pads" and is correct. I had the same problem with my 2001. Seems I may have fixed it by completely replacing the fluid. The brake pistons were sticking after applying the brakes. I'm assuming there was some corrosion on them and after reseating them for the new brakes they began to stick. I raised the rear end and bled them and then put the truck in drive and kept pushing and releasing them until they quit sticking. I'm thinking the new fluid cleaned off the pistons. Hope this was helpful.

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  • batmangs Jan 30, 2014

    I ended up replacing the right rear caliper. It simply would not stop sticking and eventally wore out the pads on that side. Been working fine since.

  • batmangs Nov 01, 2014

    I ended up having to replace one of the callipers, it simply would not stop dragging.

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If you replaced the shoes (this would indicate you have rear drum brakes) you have to properly adjust the brakes. When you took them apart there would have been a part approx 2-3 inches in length with a star gear on it, you need to turn that star gear to make the adjuster shorter, when properly adjusted wheels should turn freely with a little bit of drag the shoes should just barely be contacting the drums.
If you replaced the pads (this would indicate you have rear disc brakes) were the sliders free and loose. The sliders are the metal tube the bolts run through to mount the caliper these work as adjuster as the pads wear down if these are frozen you are running your brakes as if your pads are still worn causing much friction with the new thicker pads. You can replace just the slides on the calipers but often it's easier to just replace the caliper and often not to much more expensive.

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