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2001 DODGE DAKOTA SLT 4WD ALL WHEEL DRIVE 4 WHEEL ABS...FRONT LEFT WHEEL IS GETTING HOT FAST, NO PULL TO ONE SIDE, NO NOISE WHEN JACKED UP AND ROTATED, WHEEL TURNS FREELY, ROTOR WAS GLOWING RED, REPLACED THE BRAKE HOSE AND ROTOR AND CALIPER AND FLUID AND PADS...STILL HAVE THE PROBLEM...?

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Two logical possibilities here

  • wheel bearing
  • sticking caliper
of the two, the caliper is most logical since it is probally not retracting far enough which is keeping the pads in contact (slightly) with the rotor

this slight contact is not noticeable while driving, as a pull because the weight of the vehicle in motion overcomes the "drag" but if you measure the lining thickness you should see that the front left is thinner than the front right

other, less common concerns is vehicle weight
residual pressure in the lines mostly caused from a crimped flex hose

without a special $300-$500 tool to measure actual line pressure, I would replace the caliper and flex hose and retest


let me know if there is anything else I can do to gain a 4-thumbs-up rating!
Sean

Posted on May 31, 2010

  • Kent White Jun 01, 2010

    i already replaced the hose and caliper and pads and rotor ad fluid and it was still getting hot... i checked the wheel bearing and there is absolutely no play or roughness coming ffrom it...i took the caliper off last night and hung it from the frame out of the way and drave around for about fifteen minutes and nothing got hot which putts my concerns back to the brake system...later last night after i got the caliper and everything put back together and bled the brakes i drove it for almost an hour and no heat problem...now im confused...my only idea was that the caliper stuck and then i replaced everything and i didnt get the lines bled good enough or i got dirt in the lines and it caused the new caliper to stick as well??

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    Sean Reisdorf Jun 01, 2010

    all valid ideas including the possibility that the new caliper piston was not seated in correctly with the square cut seal

    as for air... well that would not cause residual pressure at the caliper but dirt would

    I hate to assume the problem is solved, but your diagnoses is spot on... it is entirely in the brakes

    remember this... there is a slight amount of runout built into the rotors
    this runout is engineered to push the piston back into the caliper
    dirt and **** "should not" prevent this action but anything is possible at this point

    There is on other possibility that I hate to mention but have seen it too many times with my students and that is...
    when hanging a caliper there is a good, no EXCELLENT chance that the flex hose can get twisted and still install the caliper correctly.
    This twisting of the hose causes a restriction which cannot be over compensated by the runout and this causes the brakes to "drag" and build heat...
    I am not saying or assuming anything, but I've seen it all after 20 years!!!


    Cheers
    Sean

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