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Front brakes are sticking on and off on 2005 vibe,when the brakes stick brake pedal becomes hard??both sides start to heat up,calipers seizing?master cylinder problem?or?????

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  • sepray Oct 22, 2008

    This is also happening to my fathers 2006 Vibe. He has changed the calipers and bled the brakes, used an air compressor to blow out the hose. The brakes totally lock up and the tire drags. We had to be towed once and another time, after the car had been turned off for a while and then restarted, it wasn't stuck anymore. To me it sounds like some kind of electronic problem. His is so bad that he isn't able to drive the car hardly at all anymore.

  • spirale6 Dec 10, 2008

    i have the same problem on my front right brake. Happens at random times, sometime right after i start driving, sometimes during city driving, and sometimes off and on while highway driving when i'm haven't even used the brakes in a while!


    We replaced the front right caliper, turned the rotors and replaced the pads. Then replaced the brake hose and it still occurs. 


    It eventually goes away, but tapping the brake sometimes relieves it quicker. Once in a while, my brake gets so hot that it smell.



  • thunder_road Jan 30, 2009

    Add my 2006 Pontiac Vibe AWD to the list with the same exact problem. Has anyone tried changing the master cylinder or found any other solution?

  • hmv74 Apr 09, 2009

    I had the same problem spent thousands on repairs trying to avoid the dealer. In the end I took it to the dealer and they found it to be my Master Cylinder. Do not buy after market MC go with the certified GM MC it comes with a warranty and actually works. I know from experience.

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    bengates Mar 31, 2013

    Did this brake issue ever get resolved for you guys? I'm dealing with it right now. Please help me.... I have new caliper, rotors, pads, and front hoses. Ran perfect for 40miles after putting on the hoses. Let it sit in my driveway idling for about 5-10 minutes on the same day the hoses were replaced. When I came back to the car after this short sit, the front left break started grabbing again. Even now 3 days later its not entirely released and rubs more than the front right and is continuously 50-80 degrees hotter than the front passenger. I'm keeping an infrared thermometer with me right now. Seeing that it happened oddly like that I've since also changed the pcv valve which was pretty gunked up but I haven't had it rebled since the pcv change. My suspects master cylinder will fix it and I'm scared it won't and I'm already about $500 in to this front brake job and instill not fixed. Hard lines? Booster? MC? Please help me ASAP. Thank you!

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    bengates Mar 31, 2013

    Did this brake issue ever get resolved for you guys? I'm dealing with it right now. Please help me.... I have new caliper, rotors, pads, and front hoses. Ran perfect for 40miles after putting on the hoses. Let it sit in my driveway idling for about 5-10 minutes on the same day the hoses were replaced. When I came back to the car after this short sit, the front left break started grabbing again. Even now 3 days later its not entirely released and rubs more than the front right and is continuously 50-80 degrees hotter than the front passenger. I'm keeping an infrared thermometer with me right now. Seeing that it happened oddly like that I've since also changed the pcv valve which was pretty gunked up but I haven't had it rebled since the pcv change. My suspects master cylinder will fix it and I'm scared it won't and I'm already about $500 in to this front brake job and instill not fixed. Hard lines? Booster? MC? Please help me ASAP. Thank you!

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    bengates Mar 31, 2013

    *My mechanic suspects^

  • Jonathon Bostick
    Jonathon Bostick Mar 21, 2014

    I am having this exact issue. I have replaced the front calipers, pads, rotors, and hoses. Still no resolve. I was just informed today that it could be the master cylinder or ABS unit. I am going to replace the master cylinder and see if this fixes it. I will update in a few days on whether it worked or not.

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Ok Have you recently replaced the pads? Do they act normal after they cool down? Are the pads in good condition, pads that are so worn that the caliper pistons come out beond their normal limit may stick there due to excessively worn pads. If so make sure they are at least factory grade quality Good are bendix, the only thing that can cause your symptoms is a bad master cylinder because it affects BOTH front calipers equally if it was a caliper it is likely to affect only ONE. Let me ask you this happens after driving in heavy traffic or after along drive?
If So there have been countless cases of boiling brake fluid, Old Brake Fluid gathers moisture and its boiling point is lowered, Fluch out ALL the old brake fluid and have new put it.

also is there any chance even the slightest chance that something other than brake fluid even a drop or two is enough to do damage. has been added to the master cylinder at any time? If so you need to replace EVERY PART IN THE BRAKE SYSTEM INCLUDING THE ABS CONTROLLER THAT HAS ANY RUBBER PIECES IN IT CALIPERS HOSES WHEEL CYLINDERS,MASTER CYLINDER just for your information.
I believe you have a bad master cylinder but do not buy a rebuilt one only bran new and preferably from the dealer.
Please contact me if you need more help and would you give me a good rating if you feel my information is helpful.
Thank you ,Randy

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Has there been any update on this issue? I have the same problem. A year ago (right after I bought the car) the passenger side locked. I replaced the rotor, caliper, hoses, and pads. It stopped. Now I was having a problem eighths car shaking when braking. I replaced rotors, pads, and tires on both sides. My car drive perfectly for a week. Now after using the brakes frequently or once really hard, both sides lock up. Both rims are hot to the touch but not red. After I let the car cool everything resuMrs working fine. Any ideas?

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2000 Ford F 150 the left front calliper is sticking. I have replaced caliper and short break line. Still Not fixed any help!

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