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Front brakes draging and over heating

The left front brake is draging. after replacing both the rotor and caliper and new pads it continues to drag and over heat and smoke. ???

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  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Some say it's the calipers others say its cheap pads

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This one had me stumped for a while. The above solution should work. The reason a brake hose can cause this is that if they over-crimp the piece of metal in the middle of the brake hose that holds it in place and/or the rubber in the hose swells too much as it ages, the passage through the hose can close off where it goes through that metal piece. Once this happens, the brake brake fluid can still force its way through the hose when you step on the brake, but the caliper will be unable to fully release. This will overheating everything and cause the brake pads to wear very quickly.

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If you didn't replace the rubber brake hose, you didn't go far enough. try this since i have done this to other cars with great success.

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