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Left front brake locked up! replaced calaper didnt fix!if you push brake pedal just a little it releases 1997 cry t&c

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The rubber hose to the caliper may be plugged up or collasped inside the hose causing this

Posted on May 16, 2010

  • reddawg257 May 16, 2010

    replaced hose! same thing!



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1400 nissan bakkie brake problems, front right pipe to the calaper got cut we replaced it but got no pressure on the front wheels, back brakes work fine pressure on the pedal goes half way (rock hard at...

Some brake systems have a pressure control valve usually soon after the master cylinder that cuts off the circuit with low or no pressure in the event of a leak or rupture of the line.
Trace the metal brake lines from the master cylinder down the chassis and you may find a small cylindrical valve that has 2 inlets from the M/C and 2 outlets leading front and rear. The method of centring the piston in this valve varies from one supplier to another but basically the good rear system has pushed the piston one way and cut off the front circuit. If you lightly release the pressure in the rear system, then try and bleed the front system it may push the piston back to centre. If it does, close the rear system and then front and see if you have any front circuit pressure.
This is only a guess at your problem but remember, brakes are your life, don't be embarrassed to get help or get a manual.

May 18, 2014 | 2006 Nissan 1400 Bakkie

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Our 1997 plymouth breeze is having a problem with the brakes locking/and or not releasing. Even with the entire system appearing to be working we burned through two sets of pads four to six times faster...

Hi Steve,
It sounds to me like you have a couple of things going on here.

For the rear brake locking up, All I can tell you for sue is to inspect both sides and see if everything is installed correctly and in good working condition and check to make sure that there is no contamination of the braking surfaces. I would need to know if your vehicle is equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes or with front disc and rear drums to give you any specific instructions other than this.

For the front disc brakes going through pads, there are a couple of common causes for this. The first and easiest thing to look for is bad brake hoses. The brake hoses are mde up of several different layers. There is a rubber outer layer and a braided steel layer, followed by another rubber layer and finally, the inner layer, which is usually a silicone-based "lining". The reason I told you all this is so you can understand the "science" behind what I am about to tell you.

Sometimes, the inner layer separates from the other layers inside the hose. It will allow the fluid to be pushed into the caliper from the master cylinder, then when the brake pedal is released, it acts like a "heart valve" and collapses inside the hose, trapping the brake fluid in the caliper, keeping it from returning to the master cylinder. This will keep your brakes applied almost all the time.

Checking for and verifying this condition is very simple. Raise the front wheels and support the vehicle. Remove the front tire assemblies. Start the engine and push ******* the brake pedal, then shut the engine off, release the brake pedal and immediately try to turn the hub and rotor by hand. If it will not turn easilly, open the bleeder screw on the caliper. If fluid squirts out of the caliper and the brake releases, replace your brake hose.
Please note that this condition CANNOT be diagnosed by "looking" at the hose. The hose will most likely look normal when observing it from the outside.

If the hoses are not the problem, then you need to check your caliper guide pins to make sure they slide EASILY in the caliper (please see picture below). Remove the guide pin bolts and remove the caliper from its mount. Then push on the guide pins with your finger. They should slide back and forth with only moderate finger pressure. If they are really hard to push or will not push at all, you basically have 2 choices:

1. you can "wrestle" the things out of the caliper and purchase a caliper guide pin kit and install it in the caliper -OR-

2. You can replace your caliper

The first option is considerably cheaper. However, it is also much harder and more time-consuming to do and will not come with a warranty. The second option will require you to bleed the brake system after replacing the caliper, but most aftermarket parts outlets have options for warranties including lifetime limited warranties from some outlets - you will NEVER have to pay for calipers or caliper guide pins again.


Oct 17, 2011 | 1997 Plymouth Breeze

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Did complete brake job on 1997 Ford Escort wagon no abs rear shoes, drums, lines, wheel cylinders,even changed the block at the rear were the lines go in & out of. Front lines hoses pads, caliplers...

is brake pedal hard to push down without engine running ,if so proceed to step two and thats to start engine and then push on brake and if pedal softer to push then the servo is working ,now if excessive pedal travel with engine running then remove the rear drums ,make sure the outside lip is cleaned out and then adjust the brake shoes manually till they rub when you turn the drum ,this will cure it but remember that it has to bed in of course new pads brake disks ,new shoes and drums it has to bed in so give it a chance .

Aug 24, 2011 | 1997 Ford Escort

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The parking brake release cable on my 1997 dodge grand caravan is broken and the brake is stuck in the engaged position. The entire cable assembly (about 12 inches long) has dislodged somehow so there is...

I had the same thing. just remove the cover from under the steering wheel and you can see the ratchet release lever. You can also remove the metal cover that is under the plastic cover for more visibility. now just reach in with a bit of stiff wire with a hook on the end and pull the lever back to you. that is all the cable does, and voila, the brake is released. now you just have to remember not to push it down again (I did!)

Aug 12, 2011 | 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan

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1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Brake Problem. Brake Pedal Falls To The Floor. Calipers were replaced twice,master cylinder,brake hoses and pads. Systemm has been bleed numerous times - no air but the brake...

This may sound dum but its been done a few times and is a simple mistake , the bleeder screw is up top, with the caliper on the bleeder screw should be up top, if not then calipers are on the wrong side, it sounds like air in the system, also you pumped the pedal up to push out the piston so pads hit rotor after bleeding,i dont see anything else, if the pedal is good with pinched lines at caliper then it got to be calipers are wrong or on the wrong side and the bleeder is not atop caliper,also you bleed the rear also? these trucks and cars use left caliper and rt rear on one system of the master and rt front and left rear on one side, let me know about the caliper, heres a picture to show you what i mean. hope this helpsjohnjohn2_23.jpg

Nov 16, 2010 | 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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My parking brake is stuck on my 96 deville. How do I fix this? Its the push pedal brake and when I put the car in gear it still didnt release. I tried pushing it in and that didnt work either.

cable seems seized..happens when its not used alot...try & get under the car...yank on the cable...but may be stuck inside wheel...sorry

Oct 10, 2010 | 1996 Cadillac DeVille

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Brake light stays on

the switch for your brake lights is located near your brake pedal,it is usually a spring loaded switch that comes out when the pedal is pushed & the pedal pushes it back in when it is released,this switch may have come loose & is active all the time,you need to make sure that it is pushed hard up against the brake pedal & tighten the adjusting screws to lock it in position,check that your stop lights come on when the brake pedal is pushed in....hope this helps....cheers

Jul 09, 2010 | 1997 Nissan Pickup

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Nissan 1400 champ front brakes binding, brake paddle stays high.

This indicates that you have air in the brake system or something isn't mounted properly. You'll need to inspect to see if there is anything not properly mounted, I'll deal with the brake bleeding:

You will need to bleed the brakes from the right rear first, then the left rear, right front, then left front brake, all without letting the brake Master Cylinder resivoir from getting low while doing the bleeding.

You may even want to start with the master cylinder to make sure it's bled properly by loosening the lines there first, bleeding them & then continuing to the system. Use the guide below for best results.

Bleeding brakes properly:
1. 2 people are required to do this properly, forget one man bleeders, they do work, but don't talk back or identify problems as they can't see what's happening. As a safety feature it's good to have another person nearby when someone is getting underneath a vehicle. Even my wife has had to do the pedal pushing in my household when I didn't have an assistant and needed to bleed either a brake system, or a clutch system.

2. Never let the fluid go beneath half way down when bleeding the brakes.

3. When adding fluid to the master cylinder, use a funnel to allow the fluid to run down the side into the cylinder, or use a syringe to prevent air from entering the fluid as you pour it.

4. Always pump the brakes slowly, release them slowly. Fast pedal action causes the fluid to rise into the air, allowing air to enter the system.

5. Pressurize the system by pumping repeatedly until the pedal is as firm as it will get, continue to hold that pedal down until the person bleeding the brakes, has released the air by loosening the bleeder valve, then make sure the line is tightened BEFORE releasing the brake pedal slowly. Pump the pedal again to build pressure, & bleed the brake again the same way until air stops coming out & only good fluid is seen. Proceed to the next farthest line.

If done this way, the brakes will be properly bled and if there are no leaks, the system should work properly. If you identify a leak, repair and start over.

good luck

Dec 27, 2009 | 1997 Nissan Pickup

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Caliper won't release on right front brake--everything is new, replaced because of that problem but no fix

Check the left rear brake for sticking on also, if it is then you have a master cylinder problem. replace brake master cylinder but check the adjustment of the brake light switch first. the switch is above the brake pedal, make sure it is not holding the pedal partially on.

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