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Old 10-27-2012, 11:00 AM
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Sitting on the side of the road with a locked front driver side brake. Rim is extremely hot and stinks of brakes. Other than a tow, is there an easy fix? Hauling a 20ft with a Farmall on top.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:07 AM
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Most any autoparts store sells our calipers
it may release when it cools but no easy temp bypass that I can think of

drive the Farmall to the store LOL
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I guess if I were in BFE and had tools I would pull the caliper drive the piston back in the bore and reassemble then put a set of vice grips on the hose to keep it from getting brake pressure ,, but with a load on a trailer I don't like that plan for you
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Most any autoparts store sells our calipers
it may release when it cools but no easy temp bypass that I can think of

drive the Farmall to the store LOL


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Old 10-27-2012, 11:26 AM
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yeah, crimp the break line and crack the bleeder if its that important to get where you are going. Also, could just crack the bleeder and loose all front brakes, probably stupid especially towing, but will get you to closest store/help. If that didn't work and it is a stuck caliper then possible release pressure and pry the pads back with a screw driver.

no tools? not sure how to help you, but I always carry tools.

Situation is probably over with now, how did it turn out? hope you figured something out!
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:54 AM
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Driving Farmall to Walmart...hoping a can of WD40 and brake cleaner with some gently applied pressure from a flathead will loosen up this thing. Looks pretty rusty. Keeping fingers crossed.
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good idea on the screwdriver instead of pulling the caliper and tire

the pistons tend to crack and wedge into the bore so it may not be rust
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Okay folks, Im back home in one piece. Lubed all parts as best as I could, applied brakes, pushed on base of pads (not the brake material) and gave it a shot. Drove 10 yards and noticed no pull from the brake so I drove a quarter mile, pulled over and checked for excessive heat. NONE! So I limped an hour home checking it like this every 15 minutes...had no problems. Guess I was just braking excessively (even with the trailer brake ctanked up). I did notice that both brakes up front have such a small space between the pads and rotors, a piece of paper cant fit between the two. Ive never noticed such this small space before and am wondering if my calipers are both outta wack!

Anyway, thanks again for the help. Going to tear into them after the dreaded "Sandy" hits
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