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A month or so ago the left front brake caliper seized and got so hot that it melted the caliper boot and lower ball joint. I replaced the caliper, ball joint and brake hose. Today the same caliper seized again....any ideas?????????????

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Yes I know the reason, the Antilock brake system (ABS) hydraulic control unit is defective, if has a sticking valve and must be repalced.

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