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I replaced the brake pads and drivers side rotor on my '83 half ton and now the brakes on the drivers side won't release. what did I do wrong?

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  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Oct 03, 2010

    Did you have any trouble collapsing the piston when you put the new pads in? Sometimes the hose will decompose and block flow.



    Try collapsing again. If it will not collapse, you have a blockage.

  • brucegrandel Oct 03, 2010

    Thanks. I should correct myself. I replaced the caliper not the rotor. I bought a used one (guaranteed to work) . I haave the haynes manual and followed it through. I replaced the pads on the other side and it works fine so I'm guessing it is the caliper. what do you guys think?

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You did not do anything wrong you may have a bad caliper or one of the pads are hanging up give these websites a try www.alldatadiy.com and www.autozone.com if all fails stop by your local library and get your hands on a Haynes auto repair manual for your truck wish you the best of luck Michigan Man.

Posted on Oct 03, 2010

  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Oct 03, 2010

    I would not recommend a used caliper. I had one dragging on my car. Took it off and discovered boot had come loose from the cylinder and let dust in. I squirt oil in and cycled it back and forth, but it never got loose enough not to drag. I ended up buying a new one.
    That said, since you have this one installed, you might try cycling it in and out a few times to loosen it up. No harm in trying.

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