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99 winstar front brakes locked up, left one got so hot it caught fire. what are possible causes, is this a mfg defect?

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Ur calipre piston probably stuck and the brakes where dragging--For some reason the fluid did not return when u released the brake. Could be rust in ur calipre, blockage in the brake line.

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