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Old 01-31-2011, 10:48 AM
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Hi all, not sure if this is the right spot for this question. I have a 05 2500 4x4 and was driving the other day and noted a steering pull. Jumped out and checked things over, just visually. I found that the left front brakes where very hot and that is the side that i got the pull from. My front brakes are worn and i was going to replace them soon. My question is, is
it somewhat common for a brake caliper to bind up like this?? Do i need a new caliper when i replace the front pads and rotors?? Thanks everyone
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It's not too uncommon for this to happen if the rotors are worn and the pads are shot as well. The caliper pistons can get cocked in the bore and fail to retract. You could also have a brake hose that's collapsed internally. The easy way to tell is to apply the brakes, release them and then crack the bleeder screw on the caliper. If fluid shoots out under pressure, you have a collapsed hose. If it just trickles out, you have a caliper with a piston cocked in the bore. Sometimes the pistons can be pushed back with no ill effects but replacement is the preferred option.
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thanks for the info. i will check that.
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i'd add to check the "slides/sliders" for the calipers. if they don't let the caliper return after releasing brakes, the pad will continue to make contact and get nice n toasty. not a pretty sight if left for too long.
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had the same problem but with the passenger side inside pad wearing the most it seems to be a bent vibration clip still keeping an eye on it ... any advice
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Here is a update. I have rebuilt the left front caliper. The dust boot had torn and let dirt get in and jam the piston. I replaced the piston and put new seals in. The caliper moves freely now. I was still having the brakes heating up and fading on the left side after about 20-30 min of city stop and go driving. So I then replaced the brake hose. I thought it was fixed until last night when it started to heat up again and cause a brake pull. Should i just replace both front calipers and hardware and the line on the other side?? What are the chances that it is a master cylinder?? This is getting annoying. THanks for any thoughts you guys might have.
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I have checked the caliper sliders and they slide easy and are not rusty.
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Here is a update. I have rebuilt the left front caliper. The dust boot had torn and let dirt get in and jam the piston. I replaced the piston and put new seals in. The caliper moves freely now. I was still having the brakes heating up and fading on the left side after about 20-30 min of city stop and go driving. So I then replaced the brake hose. I thought it was fixed until last night when it started to heat up again and cause a brake pull. Should i just replace both front calipers and hardware and the line on the other side?? What are the chances that it is a master cylinder?? This is getting annoying. THanks for any thoughts you guys might have.
I advise replacing the caliper. I've seen this happen quite a few times in the past.
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I will order it up. Thanks Ram tech.
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