brakes drag so bad the car will stop!!!!!

Discussion in 'Suspension and Brakes' started by skatermckimm, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. skatermckimm

    skatermckimm New Member

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    97 gt, brakes started dragging and withing moments they basically stopped the car from moving, had to crack the bleeder on the caliper to make it release, then the car drove fine until it started doing it again, same thing!!!!!

    So the car has been going just fine for a few days with no problems.....now tonight the brakes locked up again!! WTF

    moment we crack the bleeder they release, I have replaced both front hoses. im thinking it could be a master cyclinder?? anyone else thoughts
     
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    MC or could be an issue with your booster applying the line pressure
     
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    Sounds like a typical caliper lock up.
     
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    I would put my money on a caliper. My focus did this last spring and it was the caliper.
     
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    Are all the brakes dragging or just 1?
    If it was the caliper then why does it release when the bleeder screw is opened? I've never seen this before.
    To me i sounds like a MC or ABS problem.
     
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    Is it the Caliper closest to the MC/Booster? If so then I could see it being that. Rear caliper could be a sticky ebrake cable? I know I'm dealing with one but its not too bad and been too cold to f**k with it.
     
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    Agreed. Specially if all 4. It can also be something with the pedal, can it be getting caught up, or staying bound up?

    You have the funky power setup that does not have a booster, it uses the power steering pump. Brain fart on the name of this, but maybe start there. Can the traction control be causing the brakes to activate??
     
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    I dont think the caliper would be the culpret because you state it is releasing fine when you crack the bleeder. something is holing pressure in the caliper. I would look into the proportioning valve or the metering device. ensure the caliper slide pins are properly lubricated just in case. I pull mine and re-lubricate them about twice a year as preventative maintainance.
     
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    It is just the passenger front caliper. There is no traction control in the car....I have a small power steering leak but it has full fluid. We unplugged the abs on both front wheels and it still happens. Going to replace the MC and hope that solves the isssues, it seems to only happen when I get on the brakes REALLY hard