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Fully rebuilt front calipers but they will not relaease

I fully rebuilt the front calipers, had the piston bores honed and polished and the pistons were also polished. New seals were also added and were lubed with brake fluid prior to installation. Everything thing was flushed or wiped clean with new brake fluid. I have also rebuilt the master cylinder. With all this being done I can not figure out why they will not release but continue to hang up. After all the work I am frustrated to know why they will not release. Thanks for any suggestions, Rob..

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Try the Hoses if they are original they may be breaking up internally and stopping the fluid from returning to the master cyl.

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