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Changed front brakes and rotors on 1999 Buick regal, now the brakes seem to lock up

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    I changed the rear pads, rotors and calipers on my 1996 Buick Regal. Both the rear disc brakes are locked up. I then replaced the master cylinder. They are still locked up. I can barely turn them with a tire iron. The front wheels are fine, and the ABS light went out after bleeding the system

    Looking for some help



    Chuck



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28-DEC-08
Sometimes (when changing the brake calipers on disk brakes, or changing wheel cylinders on drum brake systems) the mechanic will clamp a vise grip pliers on the rubber hose to prevent hydraulic fluid from dripping out.  This can break the internal fiber lining in the rubber hose.  Then the fluid flow can be blocked.  When you press the brake pedal, fluid may not flow to the wheel or wheels.  As you press harder, the fluid may suddenly flow through the line, causing the brakes to suddenly activate.  
Or an even more likely problem, your brakes drag (stay on) and get hot, because the fluid cannot flow back to the master cylinder when you release the brake pedal.  In other words, when you press the brake you force fluid through a partially blocked rubber hose.  But the return of the fluid (backwards through the rubber hose) is caused not by pressure, but just by equilibrium, a balancing act.  Well, if the line (rubber hose) is blocked, the fluid stays in the caliper or wheel cylinder, and the brake is still on, and the brake gets hot.  
Ken   Camas, Washington kjlusa@gmail.com

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Lock or smoke whenyou change brake you got to make sure when you install brake pads you have to clean all the rust so they fit in there position easy and lub the caliper bushing a make sure the piston go in easy if not the brake will rub always and overheat good luck pierre

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