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Brakes 1997 Ford Explorer. Just had new rotors and pads. When braking, especially at low speeds, there is a grinding noise, and it then appears that the brakes stick. Returned it to mechanic who checked out everything without detecting a problem. Was told that the ABS system would have to "re-learn" the braking pattern, and the problem would go away. It hasn't, and brakes seem to be dragging.

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    I have the same problem with my 1999 explorer sport.  Just replaced rotors, pads, and bearings one week ago today (Dec 16th 2008).  There was no rust and the job was relatively easy (with the right tools).  When the brakes are depressed and heading toward a slow stop all feels well until the last few moments of the stop, when the brake pedal feels like it's clicking under my foot and then can be depressed further in for a sudden stop.  Is this the ABS?  Please help

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There are a couple of possibilities. First, the caliper pistons could be rusted and sticking, or, more likely, the points at which the pads contact the brake assembly have rust built up which is restricting the pads from moving away when the brakes are released. My explorer had a problem with the latter condition. The brake pads should slide easily. I simply took a hammer knocked the rust off (with the pads removed of course). If you live in the north like me, salt and rust can be a big problem

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