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Smells like brakes are burning

Smells like front brakes are burning & feels like they're locking up, I just had pads, rotors & caliper replaced & it's still the same

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  • queentrouble Jul 19, 2009

    I took it to a repair shop. I don't think the hoses were replaced.

  • queentrouble Jul 19, 2009

    1992 Chevy Cheyenne c1500, 2 wheel drive, 5 speed, 65,000 miles

  • queentrouble Jul 19, 2009

    yes, it does feel like the truck is dragging, like i'm stepping on the brake & gas at the same time.

  • queentrouble Jul 21, 2009

    I took it back to the shop. He called & said he replaced the hoses today, but the brake fluid is contaminated, he drove it around & said all 4 wheels locked up. Now he says the master cylinder might be bad. Is there a way to tell if it's bad or do I have to keep buying parts until one of them fixes the problem?

  • litdoug90 May 11, 2010

    does it feel like truck is "dragging" ? if so brakes are not releasing right. try checking farther back,like the resevoir. make sure return ports are free of dirt.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Who did the work & what year of vehicle? Were the front flex hoses replaced at calipers?



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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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Try checking resavoir, make sure return port is free of dirt.

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This sounds like a caliper hanging up and not releasing. Are you sure the calipers were replaced? I would take this back to the shop where it was done as you will quickly ruin the new pads and rotors if the calipers are not operating correctly.

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