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The rear disc brakes (both right and left) are equally tight causing a burning brake smell and heating up the discs. We replaced the rear pads and lubricated the slides to no avail. Is there some kind of electronic ABS system causing them to be tight? The emergency brake actuators on the caliper are also loose.

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Do a test drive with the main ABS fuse out of the engine fuse box and drive the car to see if this is the problem. It is ok to take the ABS fuse out of engine because it does not affect you from not stopping. You need to read link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-lock_braking_system

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Sounds like calipers are seizing up or mastercylinder is not releasing all residual fluide
when pedal is released

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Your brake calipers could be seized causing them to still apply pressure once you've released the brakes. I don't think the problem is related to the ABS system.

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