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My passenger side front brake pads are not releasing from the rotor after I release the brake pedal. I have changed the calipers and still have the same problem. Does anybody know what to do to fix this?

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The brake booster will be buggered or you need to bleed yur brakes get all the air out

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2002 Ford Excursion 7.3 4x4 rear brakes getting smoking hot. Noticed it on driver side first. Assumed the rotor was sticking, replaced it and the hose. Relaxed pads and found the pads on passenger side...


There are a number of issues that can cause overheating disc brakes. Disc brakes, when released, separate from the disc by the action of the rotor moving between them (since no rotor is perfectly true, there is a small about of wobble and it pushes the pads away from the rotor surface). Things that can cause this to go wrong are:

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