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Braking problem I have a mazda b2500 made in thailand. after driving 5 miles the brakes are blocking the wheels that i have to pull at side , its like the system is not releasing the brake fluid. can you help? charles

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Not specific to your car, but.. be certain that you're not driving with the emergency brake on.
How old is the car? When was your last brake job?
Poorly maintained brake calipers can get sticky sometimes.
Heavily worn brake pads may cause the pistons that push the pads to overextend and get stuck.
Many mechanics offer free brake inspections. Try and find one in your area, and try not to let them sell you a whole buch of front end work not associated with your brakes.

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I think your Mazda has anti-lock brakes regardless of where it was made and these can fail.
If the braking computer is working OK, check your electrical system for proper function then a (lousy) Saturn I owned would not release the brakes after use if the alternator was failing and the battery voltage down. More than once, I had to floor the gas to get the beast to drag itself from the street.
(Still HATE that car!)  

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