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This might indicate a frozen caliper. When caliper piston gets rusty and you press the brake pedal, this gets stuck inside the caliper cylinder, and won't released, when you release the brake pedal. The cure is to replace the caliper. You can push out the caliper piston, with brutal force, and sand the rust, but you might have brake fluid leak. Hope this might help.

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