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Front brakes lock up and will not release. I have replaced every part of system (master cylinder,rotors, calipers,pads, etc,) except brass junction where lines converge ( with electric sensor inside). If I open bleeder on front brakes, they will release until next time. sometimes brakes only drag, causing rotors to overheat. Nothing is mechanically wrong.

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The hose is bad

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You may have contaminated brake fluid. The fluid gets too hot, caused the fluid to expand and lock up your brakes. once it cools it will allow you to move. Flush the brake system, start at the wheel farthest from the master cylinder and bleed the system until all the old dirty fluid is out. Just allow it to gravity bleed, don't waste your time doing the pump and release method. It only gives your buddy a sore foot and if you miscue you **** air back into the line.

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This one had me stumped for a while. The above solution should work. The reason a brake hose can cause this is that if they over-crimp the piece of metal in the middle of the brake hose that holds it in place and/or the rubber in the hose swells too much as it ages, the passage through the hose can close off where it goes through that metal piece. Once this happens, the brake brake fluid can still force its way through the hose when you step on the brake, but the caliper will be unable to fully release. This will overheating everything and cause the brake pads to wear very quickly.

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you probably need to bleed the entire system.starting from the farthest wheel to the nearest.

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  3. Install 2 wheel nuts to secure the rotor on the hub.
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