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I have a 1998 s-10. I changed the pads about a year ago. The passenger side caliper is compressed and the pad is making contact with the rotor, causing it to get hot. What is the solution?

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Two possibilities: caliper or brake line. GM had some quality issues with flexibile lines in the mid to late '80's that should not be bothering your 1998. You could replace your line, the cheapest part, first, but the caliper is probably shot; replace the caliper (and line, for that matter). Use the proper caliper bolt grease, etc. and make sure you compress the piston back into the caliper evenly when you change pads.

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