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Brakes seizing up

Front brakes seize up after driving for short distances. sometimes stopping for a short period help, they release and are good for long periods. lately have seized up to the point where the wheel will not turn and have to release the bleeder to loosen wheel. the front pads calipers and rotors have been changed and the problem seems to appear after this was done. Any suggestions?

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  • Rod Middleton May 11, 2010

    does it have discs on all four wheels?

    Are they seizing on all four?

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You may have contaminated brake fluid. The fluid gets too hot, caused the fluid to expand and lock up your brakes. once it cools it will allow you to move. Flush the brake system, start at the wheel farthest from the master cylinder and bleed the system until all the old dirty fluid is out. Just allow it to gravity bleed, don't waste your time doing the pump and release method. It only gives your buddy a sore foot and if you miscue you **** air back into the line.

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Hi, if your front brakes are seizing up, there are usually seven common causes for this, and they are specified in this very handy, diagnostic article:
http://yourhandymanzone.com/Your_Handyman_Zone_How_To_Pages_Vehicle_Car_Zone_Cars_Trucks_Vans_Brakes_Brake_Grab_Lock_Occurs.htm

If you say the seizing occurred after work was done on the calipers and rotors, you should focus your attention to the probable causes of the seven related to such parts of the car, namely that the caliper piston may be stuck or the brake pads may have become seriously contaminated; these are but two common causes. I'm not there in person, so it would be easier for you to go through the liste of seven probable causes. This should definitely point you to the right direction.
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Hi just a few thoughts. Wrong parts, calliper piston ceased or needs service. Check that the callipers aren't loose & moving when you use the brakes.

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