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One brake rotor gets very hot after 30 miles

One brake rotor & entire wheel gets very hot after 30 miles, other three rotors are only slightly warm. 2002 gmc sierra 1500 2 w.d. 88000 KM. (55000) miles. brake parts are 2 years old.

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  • bunny39 Sep 29, 2009

    I neglected to say this was the drivers side rear wheel.

    Are the solutions still the same???

  • bunny39 Sep 29, 2009

    I negjected to say that this was the drivers side rear wheel. Are the solutions still the same??

  • bunny39 Sep 29, 2009

    I neglected to say this was the drivers side rear wheel. Are the solutions still the same??

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On the wheel that is hot, jack it up and see it the wheel spins free or drags? if it drags, then loosen bleeder on the caliper, it if now spins free, you want to replace that caliper hose, if it is still dragging, then the caliper piston is stuck and you will need to replace it.

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This is most likely caused by the caliper sticking making the brake pads continuously rub the rotor. I would recommend changing the caliper. If that does not fix your problem the next step is the master cylinder not releasing the brake caliper. If this is the case it will need to be replaced.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

  • Matthew Boulden Sep 30, 2009

    Yes, it would be still the same. If it is a Drum brake then it could be an over adjusted self adjuster. It could also be the parking brake needing adjustment. If it is four wheel disc brakes then I stick with my original fix. Yes, your brake hose could be the problem, but more likely one of the others.

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This is probably your wheel bearing, not your brake.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

  • San Juan Vet Sep 29, 2009

    The parking brake is a part of the rear brakes in this truck. It also could be that the parking brake is out of adjustment and is rubbing the shoe (it's a drum) on the inside of the rotor.



    And yes... good point, the wheel bearing problem would be for the fronts.

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