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Replaced brake pads 99 Mustang 35th Ann now they are locking up

Recently replaced the brake pads front and rear on 1999 Ford Mustang 35th Anniversary Edition. Now when traveling in town and then getting onto the interstate they will lock up .. the front are very very hot to the touch but the rear are cool. I had to pull over several times to let them cool off and release.. thought they might not lock up again if I was not driving in town.. but they continued to lock up after only a short distance.
The calipers seemed to be okay when I replaced the pads.. I just do not know what to do now.. is it the calipers? Is it air in the lines.. the pedal is extremely hard! I have bled them several times.
I really can't afford the Ford Dealership Maintenance price to do the job.. Can you help?
Thank you for any thing you might have to tell me. All advice is greatly appreciated!

Terry McCain

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  • lockerridge Nov 25, 2008

    I thank you very much for your time and help .. It looks as if I am going to have to replace the calipers. I hope I have not warped the rotor when they got so hot!
    Hoping you have a good holiday friend..

    Terry McCain



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You have either calipers hanging up or the lines are separated on the inside causing the fluid to not be released back after application of the brakes.. to test... remove the caliper on the pass side first (farther from master cylinder) and slowly try to push the piston in using a c-clamp.. if it doesnt go in SMOOTH then crack the bleeder screw, and try again, if it goes in just fine its the line.. if it goes in the first time fine then go to the other side and try it. if one of them DOESNT go in fine with the bleeder broke open you need calipers (very common) and then you will need to bleed the brakes and make sure to start on the side farthest from the master cylinder i.e pass side

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