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Brakes slightly engage after about 10 minutes

97 Toyota Landcruiser full time all wheel drive. A year ago the brakes would slightly engage after driving about 10 minutes. Had the calipers, pads, and rotors replaced and flushed all the old brake fluid. Worked well, then recently had the same problem again. Lifetime pads were worn down all the way and had scored the rotors. I replaced the pads and the calipers were able to be pushed back in-with one side requiring fluid to drain before it would completely depress-so I think the calipers are still good. Having the same problem. After about 10 minutes the brakes start engaging slightly like I am pushing on the pedal just a little. Had the fluid checked for contaminants-none found. The brake light now is on. I don't live in the hills and only drive about 10,000 miles a year. Baffled my friend (ex Toyota tech) and I'm no mechanic. Help!

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  • Mr_Smooth Feb 05, 2009

    Put on new calipers & pads, and bled the brakes. Road test. It took longer to feel the problem, but it is still there. When I got home smoke was coming from the brakes on the drivers side only. The pads I took off were worn equally on drivers and passenger sides, so I'm a bit perplexed why it would be smoking on one side only. You could smell the brakes real strongly. I may have gotten a small amount of oil, or other fluid on the rotors, but it was a very minimal amount. I noticed the brake light went out by the time I got home. I drove it for about 15 min and it showed being warm after about 3 minutes. Any other suggestions?

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Well from reading of your problem, i am going to say its the calipers again, witch it could very well be, but there is something else it could be, There is a rubber break hoses that come from the hard line to caliper, there like a two way street fluid runs to caliper and back thru same hose, if there is a restriction or if it got kinked at one time it won't let fluid run back to resavor hence breaks don't release all the way and rub rotors and wear out pads. now calipers will do same thing. most of the time if there used and you squees the piston back in, when they come back out, like when you step on the break they will stick and not release or at least all the way and wear pads out prematurly. so my advise to you is this, new break hoses, new calipers and i think it will fix your problem. Hope this will help. OLD.SCHOOL.

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