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Old 06 Apr 2017, 09:36 am
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Default One Disc Brake Sticking

Have read through many postings on brakes sticking. My situation is that my Passenger side front Disc Brake seems to be sticking and not releasing properly. This leads to it heating up over time. Feeling each of the wheels after driving a bit, this wheel is much hotter than all three others.

This issue first happened a few weeks back. I removed the tire and discovered the brake pads were very worn. So I got new pads and rotors and replaced these per a very helpful Youtube Video. I checked the Caliper bolts/slides and these were lubricated well and all seemed good. I also bleed the lines and the fluid coming out was fairly clear and was not black or cloudy. Fluid flowed freely when the brake pedal was depressed.

Driving the car to work today I again discovered that the brakes appeared to be sticking (maybe not as bad as before?) with the new pads and rotors and am considering replacing the Caliper as a next step. I am curious, if I do this will these need to be replaced on both front wheels at the same time or can I simply do the side that appears to be sticking and getting hot? Anything else I need to look at or consider at this point? Again, it appears to only be the one wheel that is having the issue.

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Old 06 Apr 2017, 09:47 am
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Have read through many postings on brakes sticking. My situation is that my Passenger side front Disc Brake seems to be sticking and not releasing properly. This leads to it heating up over time. Feeling each of the wheels after driving a bit, this wheel is much hotter than all three others.

This issue first happened a few weeks back. I removed the tire and discovered the brake pads were very worn. So I got new pads and rotors and replaced these per a very helpful Youtube Video. I checked the Caliper bolts/slides and these were lubricated well and all seemed good. I also bleed the lines and the fluid coming out was fairly clear and was not black or cloudy. Fluid flowed freely when the brake pedal was depressed.

Driving the car to work today I again discovered that the brakes appeared to be sticking (maybe not as bad as before?) with the new pads and rotors and am considering replacing the Caliper as a next step. I am curious, if I do this will these need to be replaced on both front wheels at the same time or can I simply do the side that appears to be sticking and getting hot? Anything else I need to look at or consider at this point? Again, it appears to only be the one wheel that is having the issue.

Thanks!
one of two things. Rubber line is collapsing inside blocking return of fluied. It caliper is sticking internationally. You can sometimes check it by pumping up the peddle. Then go loosen bleed screw. If it blows or a puff of fluid first. It's the line. If you only get a stream not pressurized. Then it most Likely the caliper. But there is still a possibility of the line given you seem to have a mild case. If the caliper collapse Easley with the bleeder screw open. It should be good. also check the the pads are easy to move and bound up. You need only to do the side that is haveing the problem.
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Old 06 Apr 2017, 10:11 am
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The flexible lines from the frame to the caliper would be my first thing to look at or replace.
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Default Re: One Disc Brake Sticking

If you checked both slides and they are free and sliding, you might not have a sticking issue. How do you know the brakes are sticking? What was the wear pattern on the old pads? Just a tire "feeling" hotter doesn't mean the brakes are sticking. If it was sticking you should be having a hard pulling to that side when you drive. There is also other methods to check, such as worn wheel bearings heating up.

I'd try Busted idea.
If you want to replace the caliper, yes you can replace just one caliper.
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Default Re: One Disc Brake Sticking

Thanks for all the responses!

Yes I am certain they are sticking somewhat. At first I could feel issues in the steering wheel when driving and the vehicle would actually slow down when rolling down a shallow hill which had never happened before. I could also smell the heat (burning?) when driving the car. So it is not just the heat of the one wheel/rotor that made me believe this.

I will look for a replacement hose and attempt to replace that first. I assume it comes as a unit/assembly and is pretty straight forward to change out. If that does not correct the issue I will move onto the Caliper.

It is my assumption that since it appears that only the one wheel is getting hot and that the brakes generally work well otherwise, that my problem pretty much must be in that area and not at another wheel or in the Master Cylinder?

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Your slide pins may be lubed and working but the pads should not be tight when you insert them into their iron brackets. I grind the metal pads backing to fit so they also slide on the replaceable spring stainless anti-rattle strips
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[QUOTE=JoeX;649116]Your slide pins may be lubed and working but the pads should not be tight when you insert them into their iron brackets. I grind the metal pads backing to fit so they also slide on the replaceable spring stainless anti-rattle strips[/QU

Say what, now, JoeX? Can you post a pic of what you do? I'm guessing you just mean on the mounting tabs, right?
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Your slide pins may be lubed and working but the pads should not be tight when you insert them into their iron brackets. I grind the metal pads backing to fit so they also slide on the replaceable spring stainless anti-rattle strips[/QU

Say what, now, JoeX? Can you post a pic of what you do? I'm guessing you just mean on the mounting tabs, right?
Yes that's what he is referring to. Sometimes I have to grind or file the tabs to get a proper fit.
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Your slide pins may be lubed and working but the pads should not be tight when you insert them into their iron brackets. I grind the metal pads backing to fit so they also slide on the replaceable spring stainless anti-rattle strips[/QU

Say what, now, JoeX? Can you post a pic of what you do? I'm guessing you just mean on the mounting tabs, right?
Sorry couldn't think of how I really wanted to describe grinding of the end tabs or ears of the dic brake pads, but Busted help, thanks Busted.
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