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How do i release the pressure to the calipers

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If you are changing brake pads, you can loosen bleeder screw on the caliper the release pressure and fluid.

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I have a 2005 Chevy Equinox LS and the drivers side front brakes keep locking up. Can I get some help with this problem. None of the lights come on when this happens.

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Hi Tommy, I'm glad to help! There are only 5 things that can cause brakes to hold: (1) Calipers are sticking. NOTE: There are several reasons calipers stick, there are internally frozen meaning you need new calipers. Here's how to check them release the nut that holds the hose to the caliper when the fluid bleed out and the calipers do not release pressure from the brakes then they are internally frozen, replace them. (2) Hose's are calapsed internally. You check the hoses in the same way, release the bolt and if the calipers DO Release pressure from the brakes then you know it's the hoses. (3) The actual metal lines going to the back of the Vehicle could be damaged. Example: One time one of the rear brakes would not release pressure and I found where the line goes acroos the rear axle something had hit the line and smashed it flat and so it was holding brake pressure on the wheel. (4) Let's not forget how much dirt and grime builds up on the brakes themselves. Example: I found one time where the LANDS where the brake shoes slide were so dirty that the brake pad itself was stuck and holding the brake pressure on that wheel. (5) The Master Cylinder, not very often, but I have seen the ports in the master cylinder clog-up and will not bleed back to release brake pressure. This is a few thing for you to check out that will help you find the problem yourself and save you money. Hope this helps and have an awesome day Tommy.

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Does your cavalier have ABS ?
Will the pressure release if you open the bleeder on each caliber ?

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Front wheel bearings were installed too tight, the wheel has zero play and the brake caliper will not release properly

When you say "the wheel bearings are too tight, & there is no play". Is this on the rotor, or axle hub? When you depress your brake pedal, a number of things are in play. The twin pistons, within the Brake master cylinder is pushing hydralic Brake fluid to your caliper, under extreme pressure. When your foot is removed from the pedal, all there is to get that caliper to release, is a clean, wrking piston in the caliper, & THE MOST Mis-Diagnosed problem I have noticed on all makes,brands & models, ever since the inception of disc those "flexible, high pressure brake hoses. As fluid is pushed thru at extreme pressure, & only returning spring, non piston pressure, a "deteriorated hose", will actually work as a one way "check" valve. It will set the caliper, but, not release it. The gop bad at about 75,000 miles & up, depending on conditons the vehicle is used in.

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Cant find brake module XL34-2C346BCF150....right side caliper hanging up or slow to release pressure. Has over 200k. Solenoid hangin up????calipers are new. Pulls left when braking and after stop as I...

Pump the brake pedal then go check and see witch caliper is hanging up release the bleeder on the affected one if fluid comes out under pressure and the caliper then frees (wheel would have to be off ground ) the flex hose could be falling apart inside and pluggin up.Replace flex hose.

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1994 ford ex. everything on my brake system is new,except the lines,the right front caliper will not retract when i release the brakes and will slowly start locking up. i have to open the bleeder valve...

The rubber brake hose may be cracked on the inside causing the pressure to remain on the caliper piston. Replace the hose and bleed the brakes to restore proper pressure to the caliper.

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It can be the wheel Hub bearings. The rotors if warped will wear out pads early. Bad calipers are another possibility as well as a bad Master cylinder.

If the Hub bearings are bad your tires will have cupping. If the tires are okay the rotors are warping from contact with the pads. The pads won't release if the calipers are jamming OR the Master Cylinder is keeping pressure to the calipers.

You can get a pressure check done on the Master cylinder to see if the pressure is releasing when your foot is off the brake. If the pressure is releasing then the calipers are probably sticking. Make sure to use new brake hardware and a lubricate for the hardware when you assemble the calipers.

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There is special tool to release the pressure of a rear caliper piston.You must turn the piston clockwise and push on the same time

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Brake calipers not releasing once brakes are applied.

the caliper could need replacing
or the brake flex hose could have a restriction holding pressure and not letting the caliper release
my advise would be relace both
hope this helps

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