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The left front break keeps squeezing while driving. It then heats up and starts to smoke. I have replace the Rotor, Caliper, Breaks, ABS Shield with sensor Help

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Yo big gut squeeze brake hose . hose is more than likely gone inside pressure will not let caliper ruturn thanks randy

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Is the anti-lock brake light on (if you have ABS)? If so, that needs diagnosing by a good shop.
If you don't have it, or if the light is not on, you need to pull the wheel off and investigate. Is this the front brakes or the rear? If it's the rear, your emergency brake might be too tight, and needs adjustment. If it's the front brakes, you may have a caliper siezed up, and not retracting-the caliper is what pushes the brake pads against the rotor for braking. Spin or turn the wheel around (with car in neutral). The brake pads should be just enough away from the rotor to allow free turning. If it's tight you probably need the caliper replaced or repaired.
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I have a 1999 chevy k3500. the front drivers side break caliper locked on the rotor as if im stepping on the breaks. i have replacer the caliper with a Napa rebuilt one, and replaced thr ABS system with...

You might have a collapsed brake hose going to that side. It will be the rubber line from the caliper to the frame. You cant tell by looking at it but the inside of it might have collapsed not allowing the fluid to flow back, and only allowing it in. Ive seen this happen before.

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The breaks are sticking and have a burning smell the break lines, calipers, roaters and pads have all been replaced. The abs fuse was missing but one has been put in. What could the problem be?

On older machines the metal brackets that hold on to the floating calipers will rust. The rust squeezes the calipers and keeps them from floating. When you apply the breaks the caliper moves toward the disc but does not move away from the disc. The extra friction causes the discs to over heat, the brake fluid to over heat, and the brake pads to burn. Remove the calipers and the thin metal plates they slide on . Clean the rust off down to the metal so the calipers will float properly. Replace the pads and discs if necessary and bleed the system to remove the overheated brake fluid. Rust never sleeps.

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Rear brakes. is there a heat shield or is it a dust shield

If it is in front of the passenger side rear brake, it is a dust sheild installed in an attempt to keep the brake pads from wearing out prematurely. This does not work very well. Do what I do and double the life of your pads. I remove the lower brake caliper stud and flip up the caliper, remove the pads and swap with the drivers side. The drivers side does not wear for some reason, and you will probably have to squeeze in the caliper for the pads to fit back over the rotor. This only takes 4-5 minutes if you do it every 10k miles or so (keeps everything from rusting stuck). I do it to mine when I do a winter tire changeover.

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Hot tire

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Front breaks are smoking

caliper is sticking or pads are sticking ,proportioning valve with vehicle jacked up and supported and wheel removed inspect pads and rotor for damage excessive wear if good- turn hub/rotor by hand have someone assist u by stepping on brake observe brake caliper stop then release brake piston should release slightly from pad try turn hub again w/out touching brake if stuck in place replace and caliper released replace pads if caliper still clamped remove caliper and inspect for leak or damage compress caliper and try brake again if does if sticks again replace caliper

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Smoke, bad smell and slow acceleration on left front wheel

is the abs light on ? if so go down to autozone and have them scan the codes it's free

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Front right Brake Smokes

Its possible that the caliper slides are binding,the caliper is warped,the calipers piston is jamming,Basicly from what youve just said with the over heating you really should replace caliper,rotor,pads and flush brake fluid.The heat your talking about destroys all the rubber seals in thecaliper destroys brake fluid and severely weakens the rotor.If you take the pads out you are likely to find cracking in the pads.Make sure before you fix it that you know what caused it.Is it abs as it maybe a potential cause.

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Wheel bareing

No it is not an easy fix.front or rear? Fornt: Jack up the front end of the car after loosening the lug ahve to take off tire Disconect battery Recomended. Disconect wheel sensor wire or abs wire(if equiped) then pry open caliper brake pads to allow easy removal. Remove the caliper Via the two bolts on the back. Remove the Break rotor by pulling out on the rotor. sometimes they like ti stick so you might have to hit it with a rubbro or plastic hammer. I have even seen it where it has to be heated to get the rotor off of the car. After you get that off then you can see the hub assembly. Behind the hub, below the strut are three bolts that have to come out. Usuall you cant get to them. So then you have to take off the axle nut and seperate the lower ball joint from the caliper housing and slide it out a little bit until you ahve the clearance to get the tool in there and remove the bolts. BUT if your Bolts are located behind the rotor on the front side of the hub then you have to put the car in nutral and rotate the hub hole to the front of each bolt to get a socket and extention through and remove the bolt. After all bolts are removed then hit the back of the hub on each side until it comes out and then replace with the new one and reverse the steps that i told you to put it back together. When it is together DO NOT TO FORGET TO PUMP YOUR BREAKS BACK UP TILL YOUR PEDAL IS FIRM. If you dont you wont have breaks when you drive it until it pumps themselves back up.

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