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My brakes keep lockin up.....when i take my foot off the accelerator, it stops on its own. I changed my brake line and caliper on the side that smokes if i ride it too long which is my front passenger side.....i have a 03 pontiac grand am with a v6 engine.. I dnt kno what else to do please help

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Bleed the brakes using a vacuum pump with a can, or use a pressure bleeder at the master cylinder to drive out any air in the line.

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