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Unlock brakes changed front brakes and now they are locked up. What now ?

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Sounds like you need to rebuild calipers.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013

  • Dan Pease Nov 25, 2013

    I was thinking maybe the rubber hose from the metal line to the caliper may have colapsed inside try replaceing the hose it will look ok from outside but inside no good.

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