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1998 S10 Blazer 4x4 Rear disc brake pads worn out so I replaced pads Now the brakes stick bad enough to smoke badly after just 2 miles on both wheels . I really thought this this would be just like front disc pads as ive replaced prob a 100 of those over the years. Never had a rear disc brake car. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any help monopoly22@msn.com Mo

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Make sure all the caliper slides are free from rust and make sure they are lubed. It sounds like the caliper isn't floating on the bracket.

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