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Rear Brakes not loosening up on Mustang

I turned the discs and replaced the brake pads on my 1997 Mustang. When driving, after releasing the brake pedal the rear brakes on both sides do not loosening up completely; causing them to heat up.

I thought maybe I had a bad caliper, but they didn't have a problem before installing the pads and it's hard to beleive both would go bad at the same time.

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  • spacedove Jan 29, 2009

    Thanks for responding.
    I just checked and there are no twisted or kinked brake fluid lines. There mostly metal except the last foot going into the caliper. I also disconnected the emergency brake but to no avail. By the way, the front brakes work fine.

  • spacedove Jan 30, 2009

    Yes, I turned in the pistons and even disconnected the parking brakes. After researching another site, I think I found the problem. It looks like the slide pins are seized due to water getting under the boot and rusting them.

  • mike loshbough
    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    maybe the brake hoses are twisted when you took off calipers please check this.

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Did you turn the pistons in to allow room for new pads. The calipers are also for your parking brake and need to be turns in when replacing pads.

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