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2006 toyota Corolla

Brake problem, one side of the front of the car locks up from time to time, I will be going down the road and the car starts to shake when I stop the rotors are red hot and untill I cool them down they don't unlock, I have replaced the brakes and rotors three times this year I have also replaced the calibers on both sides and the distributer box that sends brake fluid to the brakes the car needs new tires but just barely. I have had this car to the dealership and nothing, I have had it to two car shops and nothing it's still happening been going on for a year know. HELP

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  • Travis Kuhstos
    Travis Kuhstos Jun 20, 2008

    my mechanic said it does not have abs.

  • Travis Kuhstos
    Travis Kuhstos Jun 23, 2008

    No other work was done prior to this, the first time this happened it was winter time and It was snowing and it just started to seize up I could feel it getting harder and harder to move so I pulled off of the road at a pull off and I hit the brakes and hit a pot hole at the same time and it made a loud sound, I got out and the rotors where red hot so I started throwing snow on it to cool it down so it would release the brakes or whatever was seized up. That was last winter and ever time I replace a part it works for a couple of months and bam right back to it seizing up.

  • Travis Kuhstos
    Travis Kuhstos Jun 23, 2008

    He replaced the master cylinder.

  • MHerron Aug 30, 2008

    our 1995 Toyota Corolla brakes just started locking up. NOT ABS brakes. The front 2 brakes;smoking. We replaced the brake hoses and happened again.

  • VA_DC_MD Nov 16, 2008

    I have the same problem in a friends car. I don't think it has ABS because if I slam the brake down it has a solid skid and no vibration like ABS has. After examining the rear drums I noticed there was no pad on the brake shoes. Replaced the shoes and adjusted the E brake and it seemed to work fine after a short test drive, the problem came back. Looked at the front and smoke was comming from the front. The disks in the front do need to be turned but there not too bad. I think the brake fluid needs to be changed which is why the calipers in the front don't spring back. Brake fluid is black and nasty.

    Does anyone have any better suggestions? It seems to only lock the front disks and not the rear.

  • brian c
    brian c May 11, 2010

    When you say the "distributer box" was replaced, do you mean the proportioning valve, or the master cylinder?

  • brian c
    brian c May 11, 2010

    Was any brake work done prior to this happening?

  • brian c
    brian c May 11, 2010

    Does this car have ABS brakes?

    It seems as though you have replaced everything else (calipers, master cylinder), and the only thing left is the ABS unit.



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I believe ABS was standard on this car for that year. Did you use the ABS key to unlock pressure to ensure you bled the brakes properly. I have seen too many times where a key was not used and similar issues prevailed. If you can take a picture of your engine bay I could assist you further.

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