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Old 03-30-2013, 10:13 AM
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Front Brake Locked Up, WHY??

So....just went to the store with the family and on our way home, I noticed that the truck started to pull to the left. Got to a stop sign by the house and could smell hot brakes. Drove the rest of the way home, (about 1/8-1/4 mile) and pulled into the driveway and my left front brakes were smokin! What the heck caused this?? Any ideas? I assuming the brake caliper went bad and locked up for whatever reason. Obviously I'm going to have to replace the pads, but any ideas what caused the brake to lock up in the first place?? This just happened literally 20 minutes ago so I haven't pulled the wheel off to see if the rotor is bad too or not.

Anyone ever experience this problem??
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:43 AM
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Either the calipers piston got stuck in the bore (most likely) OR the caliper pins are bound.

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Usually the piston locks up. Happened to me. The rotor is probably screwed too, the brake was probably dragging slightly before.
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Usually the piston locks up. Happened to me. The rotor is probably screwed too, the brake was probably dragging slightly before.
What all did you have to replace?? I need to get this fixed in the morning and want to pick up the parts this afternoon. Thanks
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What all did you have to replace?? I need to get this fixed in the morning and want to pick up the parts this afternoon. Thanks
Like Everything,,,, Pads/Rotor/Caliper that whole side. And really, while you're at it, you should do Both sides

Off the "top-of-my-head", at the Auto Parts Store (NOT Ford), you're looking at 3-4 hundred for Both sides (Good Pads, Cheap Rotors, Rebuilt Calipers)
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My right front did the same. I replaced both rotors, pads and the right caliper, so it wouldn't pull to one side. Be sure to clean the slide pins really good on the other side and grease them.

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What all did you have to replace?? I need to get this fixed in the morning and want to pick up the parts this afternoon. Thanks
The rotor, brake pad, and caliper. But first, take everything apart and see how bad it is. You might be able to get the rotor turned to save it ($12 each per rotor at O'Reilys in Wentzville), and as mentioned before the caliper slid pins might be the problem and not the piston(s). But if the pistons don't go into the caliper nicely, they need replacing. At least get the good side rotor turned and put new brake pads on it while you are at it.
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Hey RIVER-RAT, Loving the profile photo! Had the same thing happen to me in the middle of nowhere over an hour away from home while towing my Farmall. Unloaded and drove the Farmall to Walmart down the road and got some Liquid Wrench and WD40. After cooled, lubrication was applied to the slide pins. Loaded up, drove home and havent had an issue since. This was back in September.
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Well, I the parts Saturday evening, before I even pulled the wheel off to see what damage had been done. Woke up Sunday morning, pulled the truck into the garage and got to work.

The caliper was fried...the pistons were toasted and it appeared that the rotor was warped. So I replaced everything, it didnt take long. Got everything put back together, bled the brakes and off she went! NO PROBLEMS!!

Parts only cost me $187....not to painful considering I replaced everything on the drivers side.
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Hey RIVER-RAT, Loving the profile photo! Had the same thing happen to me in the middle of nowhere over an hour away from home while towing my Farmall. Unloaded and drove the Farmall to Walmart down the road and got some Liquid Wrench and WD40. After cooled, lubrication was applied to the slide pins. Loaded up, drove home and havent had an issue since. This was back in September.
LOL!! I like your profile pic as well!! I'm a big Andy Griffith Show fan! Barney Fife is the greatest!!
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