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Old 06-20-2013, 06:58 PM
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Brakes/Bearing Seize Up

I have a 2004 F350 4x4 and tonight I was driving it and all of the sudden the truck started pulling to the left really hard and then started shaking. I stopped and saw smoke was coming from what looked like the brake. To try and get it home I let the truck sit for about 5 minutes then put some WD40 on the rotor thinking the brakes on the drivers side locked up. When I got it towed home i figured it was the bearing or maybe the manual locking hub? I am stumped. Any help/advice is greatly appreciated!
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:39 PM
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Start tearing it apart. Could be bearing, stuck caliper, stuck slide pins. Doubt its the bearing from your description.

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I had mine do similar to this. It was a stuck caliper.
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Caliper. Driver and passenger side have locked up on me within the year. Drivers side first. It took it seizing up a few times for me to figure it out. I could sit for 10 min. or so and it would be fine. Took it to a friends shop and changed the caliper and havent had a problem since. One of the pistons in the caliper was broken. Passenger just recently did the same thing. Changed it and no more problems.
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I had calipers lock up also. One was a bad caliper and the other had a tear in the boot for the piston. Must have got water in it because it was rusty inside.

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I'm having the same problem. Only the left rear is hanging up. Changed the caliper, greased the slide pins, new rotors and pads. Its still hanging up and getting hot with the smell of HOT brakes. I'm thinking to throw on a new brake hose to the caliper next. Any other suggestions?
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Maybe something with your e-brake?

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I'm having the same problem. Only the left rear is hanging up. Changed the caliper, greased the slide pins, new rotors and pads. Its still hanging up and getting hot with the smell of HOT brakes. I'm thinking to throw on a new brake hose to the caliper next. Any other suggestions?
It could be e-brake. Could be internally de-laminated rubber hose. But if you continually are having to change calipers and the pins, e-brake, piston are not hanging up, your MC is not bleeding off pressure in the spool when you let off the brake pedal. There are alot of people on here that keep throwing calipers at their trucks and never realize the calipers are not the problem but a symptom of different issue. It will be very easy to determine. After you drive again and notice your caliper is seizing again, as soon as you get home open the bleeder and see if it is under pressure. It obviously should not have any pressure when your foot is not on the pedal regardless if it's hot or not. If it is under pressure, it's either a de laminated hose or MC.

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Old 07-04-2013, 04:55 AM
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I am really leaning toward the hose. The parking brake is good, it only sticks after going down the road. I just changed the master cylinder when the brake booster went out two months ago. The truck has 240,000 miles on it, the hose is only $20 and too easy to replace.
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I am really leaning toward the hose. The parking brake is good, it only sticks after going down the road. I just changed the master cylinder when the brake booster went out two months ago. The truck has 240,000 miles on it, the hose is only $20 and too easy to replace.
Me too. :thumbup: cheap insurance anyhow.

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