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Old 03-11-2011, 03:48 PM
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Brakes Locked up

I had to stomp on my brakes real hard today to avoid blowing a stop sign. My brakes locked up and wouldn't release. It took a ton of power to get it out of the intersection. I tried to put it in reverse and foward to get them to release but that didn't work. Finally i shut off the truck and beat on the caliper, got back in started my truck and pushed on the brake pedal. i felt it move differently and my truck started to move. I talked to the previous owner of the truck and he said it happened to him a time or two and all he did was shut it off and turn it back on and they released. Has anyone ever heard of this, or did they just released because the finally cooled off?

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Old 03-11-2011, 04:02 PM
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you in the rust belt? pads like to freeze in the brackets up here

if not you're better off just replacing that caliper
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I had to stomp on my brakes real hard today to avoid blowing a stop sign. My brakes locked up and wouldn't release. It took a ton of power to get it out of the intersection. I tried to put it in reverse and foward to get them to release but that didn't work. Finally i shut off the truck and beat on the caliper, got back in started my truck and pushed on the brake pedal. i felt it move differently and my truck started to move. I talked to the previous owner of the truck and he said it happened to him a time or two and all he did was shut it off and turn it back on and they released. Has anyone ever heard of this, or did they just released because the finally cooled off?

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Which brakes? ALL if them, both front/back, or just one?
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Old 03-11-2011, 04:54 PM
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i know the slide pins can sieze up and cause that problem....bump for ya
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It was the passenger side rear....heard it slide in the gravel when i pulled it to the side of the road...it has never pulled or anything so i don't think it is the slider pins hanging up on the caliper.
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:05 PM
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you in the rust belt? pads like to freeze in the brackets up here

if not you're better off just replacing that caliper

I do live in Northern Indiana so yeah i'm part of the rust belt. I have never had problems with them sticking before. I railed on them pretty hard i'm sure they got hot. would they friction weld themselves to the rotor by chance?
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It was the passenger side rear....heard it slide in the gravel when i pulled it to the side of the road...it has never pulled or anything so i don't think it is the slider pins hanging up on the caliper.
Check the pin... pull it off and look at it/lube it. It is probably dragging just enough to heat the rotor. My car recently did this... and it ended up warping the rotor.

You can try messing with it, clean the pistons and lube them... but youre probably gonna need a new one. My personal advice is but one with a waranty, and make sure you keep the recipt! I had one (aftermarket) that started leaking 8 months after I installed it.

Just remember, replace pads in pairs, (Both front, or Both rear) and ALWAYS bleed the brakes whenever disconecting any lines.
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:17 PM
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Check the pin... pull it off and look at it/lube it. It is probably dragging just enough to heat the rotor. My car recently did this... and it ended up warping the rotor.

You can try messing with it, clean the pistons and lube them... but youre probably gonna need a new one. My personal advice is but one with a waranty, and make sure you keep the recipt! I had one (aftermarket) that started leaking 8 months after I installed it.

Just remember, replace pads in pairs, (Both front, or Both rear) and ALWAYS bleed the brakes whenever disconecting any lines.

I will pull the wheels off tomorrow and check them. I just put brakes on another car yesterday for a guy that i work with. i guess it is the week for brake rebuilds..good thing i bought the big bottle of disc brake lube.

thanks for all the help
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