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Mazda5 rear right brake gets hot, sometimes smells burning.

I had my rear rotors and pads replaced on the car. A couple of weeks later I went on highway and smelt some burning. Went back to guy says the brake hose is weak needs replacement. Did not feel right checked with another mechanic says the caliper gets seized & does not release fully so replace the caliper. Could someone say which is right? Thanks

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Try simple/free things first: put car on jack stands,turn wheels to see if you hear pads/shoes dragging after brake pedal on/off,pads should free-float after brake pedal release and if not releasing (by the way,was any brake fluid spilled accidentally on the pads??),more than likely bad caliper;sure the pads are correct ones (thickness) for your car rotors/calipers???. Hope this helps. Alberto

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You should have a hydraulic brake booster. a common failure item on fords and also would cause your symptom. the burning smell, I would go back and recheck all the brakes. Maybe a problem with the e-brakes, or an issue with the front or rear calipers. Possibly a damaged steel or high pressure brake line. Good luck.

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SOURCE: smells like brakes are burning

Have you ever changed Brake fluid?
1-After flushing out entire system, Flush out the newly changed calipers. throughly
2-Make sure the pistons on Calipers can move in and out easily by using brake clamp to check.
3- If you don't have pistons moved smoothly then you have bad calipers causing locked up then brake pad burning.

Hope this can help.

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SOURCE: brake pad is sticking.

You may have a defective brake caliper. Replace or rebuild the brake caliper. (If not performed) replace all brake fluid to new, as there may be dirt, metals, and other foreign objects in the fluid. Also check your your E. Brake adjustment!! Hopefully this helps

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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