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    darwinism at its best irish1371's Avatar
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    Had my 1st real problem with the jeep tonight on the way home. Driving along (65 ish)and the front driver wheel starts to "wobble" jeep starts slowing down big time and then pow dives le ft across two lanes on th e highway.

    not a busy night on the road or we could have had a major problem. It seems my drivers front caliper decided to lock up. I limped it home, pulling left hard all the way only to dodge right everytime I applied the brakes.

    So, time to pull it apart and see if the caliper went or if something is wedged up in there
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    I hope your luck holds out, and it's nothing serious.

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    Calipers seizing up seems to be a fairly common problem. It's probably going to need to be replaced. They're a tad over $100.
    The amount of heat that rotor saw was probably enough to warp it, and I'll guarantee the pads are melted.
    Now might be a good time to upgrade to centric rotors and ebc yellows.

    I'm surprised you didn't see/smell it first. When mine locked up it left a smoke screen and the smell was just about unbearable.

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    A couple scenrios come to mind here.

    1: The rubber (flex) brake hose. They have been known to rip inside, and act like a check valve, allowing the fluid to travel to the caliper, but not back, so the caliper doesn't release. Impossible to see. One way to check, is to apply the brake, release, and see if the rotor turns or not. If not, open the bleeder. If the caliper releases, and the rotor turns after opening the bleeder, the flex hose is shot.

    I've had this happen a few times on different vehicles.

    2: The bracket that holds the pads has worn, making the pads stick against the rotor. I believe I have a pic of this, I'll look.


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    the hose is a new one I'll have to look for


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    Can't access my pics, but there are square 'notches; in the ends of the brake pads. These rest on an upper and lower 'rail' of the caliper mount.

    These rails can wear away, leaving a groove or notch, which the pad can get stuck in, cuasing the brakes to stick.


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    Quote Originally Posted by irish1371 View Post
    the hose is a new one I'll have to look for


    tyvm
    It's one of those things that can drive ya nuts trying to find!


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