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Old 06-24-2010, 09:35 PM
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Question brakes pulling

I am puzzled. 96, 3500 dually 4wd. I had to replace my front pads, but only the pass. side were gone. But when I replaced them, it pulled to the left when first applied and then it equalled out mostly in a second or two. So then I replaced the calipers and it didn't change a bit. Now one thing I now know I did wrong was when I bled them. I pumped the braked and then opened the bleeder valve. And also I did not have the drain hose submersed in fluid. Now I don't know if that is an issue or do I have a brake line that is plugged and the brake fluid does not get to that side as fast.
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:40 PM
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First of all, you should have machined or replaced the rotors. Your bleeding method is fine as long as the pedal isn't released before the bleeder is closed. Judging by what you describe, you have a brake hose that's collapsed internally. I recommend replacing both along with the rear hose if it shows any cracks.
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Thanks for the feedback. I will look at the lines. It does make sense, or the line is blocked somehow, but I don't know how that could have happened.
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I agree with Randy on that . Brake hoses seem to be more of a common issue nowadays .
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Thanks for the feedback. I will look at the lines. It does make sense, or the line is blocked somehow, but I don't know how that could have happened.
Old lines are prone to collapsing internally which allowes fluid under pressure to reach the calipers and apply the brakes but won't allow the fluid to flow back through the brake system when the pedal is released. There won't be any visible signs other than the brakes getting hot and causing a pull. An easy way to check or this is to remove the caliper and attempt to push the piston back in the bore. If it's stuck you either have a bad caliper or blocked hose. If you can loosen the bleeder screw and the pistion will now go back into the bore, you have a bad hose.
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Randy, I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4X2. My front rihms / brakes heat up to the point of being hot in about 5 miles. I have replaced 1 wheel bearing, both calipers 1 a year ago and one now. I put new brake pads on and are free in the caliper brakets, and one rotor. I was reading your comment about replacing the brake lines and it made me go hmmmm. I am looking for advice weather to now replace the lines master cylender or abs brake protioning valve???? any thoughts?
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Are you talking about hot to the point of smoking and wearing the pads out prematurely? Does it feel like the truck is straining to go or perhaps pulling to one side?
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Yes Randy, it gets hot to the point I don't know if I want to go another 5 miles to see if it start smoking. Kinda gun shy don't want a melt down. Earlier this spring my daughter drove it and it was glowing on the passenger side....... So, that is why one side has all the new stuff brgs etc. I don't really notice a pulling to one side or the other or a certain straining to go. I did crack a bleeder line after i drove it and a small stream of brake fluid came out telling me there was still some pressure in the line. If you jack the tires of the ground it seems to have a slight drag / hear the pads rubbing? (normal?) Could it be coming from? I am frustraighted!
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When you opened the bleeder did you get a trickle or did it squirt out?
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It squirted out about 2"
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