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Suzuki Vitara front offside brake seizing intermitantely.

Have checked caliper and replaced. Have also changed flexible hose and changed brake fluid/ bled system.This works for a while but problem returns after the start of a short journey. Starts to seize after 2 miles. After an hour brakes will release but not completely. I can get out of trouble by releasing the fluid pressure at the back of the caliper. Problem is only happening to the offside front.

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You still have a restriction somewhere on that side if it is the only one that locks up.

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