A year ago I had new calipers and brakes put on my 2004 PT Cruiser and now I am having the same problem with them getting hot and smelling extremely bad. My mechanic says I need new calipers again. Could they go bad in a year??? I live in Guam and it is humid and lots of salt air. Any ideas or am I going to have to replace the calipers every year????????
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Re: Hot smelly front brake area
Either the sliders on your calipers need lubricated, because of the salt air, or the brake hoses themselves are bad. I'm leaning towards the sliders needing lubed up. Your mechanic is in it for the money! He/she figures if they have to remove the calipers to lube them up, might as well sell you new ones, and make a little more money doing it. Ask someone you trust to lube them up for you. You'll see. I was a mechanic for 20 years, I know how they work. But just to be fair to him/her, I guessss they could of went bad on you, maybe, kinda, sorta.....I wish that everything works out in your favor. Take care and best wishes.
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could be leak from master cylinder this should be evident by fluid running down between master and booster or leaking from piston seal on caliper, caliper will dip fluid onto wheel rim or road leaving a visual mess easy to see
Hi:) Sound like the brake pad need to be taken out and the caliper need to be wire brushed to clean them and anti-seize greased be for you put them back together they get road dirt on them and don't work after a few years.
was the brake light on b4 brake job? and did you do the brake job or a shop.....if the abs light wasnt on b4 brake job thenwhen the pistons on the caliper where pushed back it screwed the abs pump...if it was on b4 brake job i would look in to a abs sensor on the wheel bearings
That sounds like the "Porportioning valve" is defective.
You may want to go to your local library and check out a Chilton's, or some other repair manual for the "how to" to fix yourself or take it to a tech you can trust.
Sounds like the pistons bound up in the calipers. Remove the calipers and attempt to seat the pistons in the calipers with a screw clamp. If no go, that's the problem. They can be replaced, but most folks just get a whole new caliper these days.
Did you use the correct brake fluid? Did you put custom wheels on your car? Do you have a leak in the brake line? Make sure that the brake boost hose is attached to the air-intake on the top of the engine to the left side. This is a black rubber hose. May be one or more calipers are sticking unnoticed to your braking. check you master cylinder to see if it is working.
you need to open the caliper bleader valve and release the preasure out of the line. so that the brakes will retrat against the caliber. than you should be able to put them on the rotor. they might be a little snug but they will go on. than close the caliber. now you need to blead the brakes.
1a.Make sure that there is brake fluid in the resivoir.
1b.start the car and have it running until all the brakes have been blead up.
2.Go to the passengers rear and lossen the bleader valve.
3.have someone press the break until you see a steady flow of break fluid comeing out of the line.
4.once that has happend have them press the brake again and hold it to the floor.
5. tighten the bleader valve.
6.go to the drivers rear and follow steps 1-5 again
7.go to the passangers front follow steps 1-5 again
8. go to the driver side front and follow 1-5 again.
you might have to turn the wheel so the person can reach the bleader vavle up front.
Remember to check you fluid after every time you finish with a brake so you do not runn out of fluid and put more air into the lines..... also remeber to alway start with the brake farthest away from the resivoir. you always do them in order 1passanger rear2.drivers rear 3.passangers front. 4. drivers front.
if you need further assistance please let me know