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Old 01-17-2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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Front Left Caliper Sticking?

So, I got on the highway today to go home and noticed a pretty bad vibration coming from the car. I thought it was because I was behind a large freight truck. After I exited the highway and got out of my car, I noticed a very nice burning smell....much like I've smelt somewhere before...brakes! It seems like the front left caliper may have partially locked up on me. I sniffed around and it only appears to be the front left. So, two things: 1) From my searching on here, it looks to be that the SVT calipers/brake setup is SVT specific. Is this correct? 2) Is this common and/or is there something that might be causing this all of the sudden?


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Old 01-18-2013, 09:23 AM   #2
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This may or may not apply to your situation, but here goes. I had a sticking caliper on the front of a chevy truck I used to have. Here is the scenario, wheel off of the ground, it would spin freely, press and release the brake and I would not be able to move the wheel for a minute or two, then it would spin freely again. I relayed this to several mechanics and parts counter personnel and got 50 different responses, until one old guy at AutoZone said I needed a new flex line and explained why. If the inside of the flex line breaks down it can act like a check valve and hold pressure to the caliper. Anyway, flex line replaced problem solved. So if your situation has the same characteristics as above, I would consider the flex line, otherwise, I don't have a clue.
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Thanks. I'll give it a look.
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I will add that both front wheels were off the ground at the same time, and while the one wheel was locked, the other front wheel would spin freely. That completes the scenario. Good luck.
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Well, bad news. As is usualy with my luck. The caliper is more or less seized up. Pad is shot. Rotor needs resurfacing. Went ahead and ordered the parts. Flex hose was not in good condition either. Probably what caused the problem in the first place.
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I had just done a brake overhaul on my truck minus the flex lines, when my problem started. That was the frustrating part, because before they were just in bad shape but not sticking. I know now if you do an brake overhaul/rebuild on an older vehicle, consider the flex lines as just part of the job.
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