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Excessive dragging of new disc brakes

I replaced the front rotors and pads on my 2001 dodge dakota and have had excessive heating (more than i am comfortable with) after re inspecting the work done, i can not seem to find the problem.any ideas?

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It's normal for new pads and rotors to have a "wear-in" period but only for say 50-100 miles of average driving... Disc brake DO get pretty hot, especially after prolonged or hard braking... (going down long hills or a lot of hard stops)... also front brakes actually supply 60% of stopping force... If they aren't to hot to touch the wheel or smoking you are probably OK... One thing to make sure of is that the pedal has "free play"... usually a fraction of an inch before the brake push rod actually pushes the master cylinder piston. Without this free play the brakes WILL drag all the time and wear prematurely... but unless you replaced the master cylinder or the locknut on the push rod adjuster has come loose it's rare to have that problem... The only other cause of this would be a malfunctioning ABS unit and you would feel a definite pulsation... Hope this helps...;-)

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I have a 2006 dodge ram 1500,i replaced the brake pads and i'm haveing brake drag problems.whatcould be the problem?

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