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Under the front slam pannel, that's where the wipers are, are two long bars with control arms on either end. Grease these as fully as you can, start the engine, pump the brakes a few times to release should release the front braking problem. If there are problems with actually getting to the joints get a spray can of copper ease, and blast all them with it. better.Bu Grease is

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stop and do not drive, get a brake man, in the loop, danger !

this is cause by the MC, the master cylinder, no ABS in 92
not replacing relic calipers in pairs is dumb, sorry risking life and limb using old 20 year old calipers is not bright. a fact, not opinion.
are both caliper locking, at ONCE?
that is the key question .
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1: bad calipers ,no piston lasts for 21 years, ever. (relic)
2: the MC piston is not retraced,

#2 is caused for 2 or 3 reasons,,,,
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2b; the booster was changed and the PP mechanic (weak) did not
RTM , they did not adjust the new booster, calibration ring stated in the FSM.
3: if one caliper (good) locks the rubber flex line is breaking down
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not life and limb or mine when you hit me...
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the guide pins must be free, and antisieze lubed or with special
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the pistons rust. DOT3/4 is hygroscopic and will rust in 21 years.
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One other point, 21 year old caliper seals will no longer have
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That's a good question, but for some reason I have found through the 35 years I have been doing brakes that for some strange reason the front calipers tend to get the debris because everything is pushed forward when you release the brakes.

TEST: When you calipers lock up, here is what want you to do to check to see if it is the master cylinder. Release the pressure by loosing the fittings at the master cylinder, if you can then turn the front wheels by hand, then you know for sure that the restriction is in the master cylinder.

If you still can't move the wheels then the problem is either in the front hoses, the calipers or the proportioning valve which adjust the pressure from front to rear. Sence the vehicle is low mileage its hard to believe it would be the lines themselves.

Let me know what you find after releasing the master cylinder fittings.

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I have a couple ideas for you. first make sure you bled out all 4 wheels making sure to get the air out. also check your abs module and see if it has a bleeder screw on it and bleed it. The second thing is after you drive it, does it seem like the brakes don't release after braking? is it ok when it's rolling? you may have a collapsed brake hose from your body to the calipers, allowing pressure through, but not back. This also makes sense after a few miles, when your brakes are just getting warmed up. after it starts locking up, jack it up and see if the wheel will spin. then see if the caliper piston will go back in. if it doesn't want to go in as easily as it should, or not at all, open the bleeder and see if it goes back. if it does, there's your problem, the hoses.
good luck!

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