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BillW
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9/20/2004
21:26:27

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I have a 2001 2WD 4.7L Dakota, that had new pads/rotors installed about 2 months ago. I have had 2 or 3 occassions where the front brakes have started to severely drag in which case I have to stop the vehicle to let them cool.
I have:
1. Removed thge calipers to make sure the caliper bolts were clean and the rails were lubricated.
2. Had the rear breaks checked and adjusted.
3. Bled the front brakes for the heck of it.
4. Sweared at dodge.

I know I have read other posts on this but no one seems to have a fix, any new info on this subject available.



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9/21/2004
08:41:01

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Maybe the brake cylinders have a small ridge in the bore where they hang up, causing extra heat in fluid, then fuid heats up and keeps the pressure on ? Just a guess, haven't seen that problem.

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9/21/2004
23:38:46

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Are the rotors heat-checked? Have they turned to a bronze-black colour, or glazed over (very shiney)? In any of these cases, the shop that did the brakes for you should definately be contacted & an inspection should be performed. I sounds like the flex lines are collapsing internally. The only way to check that is to get the vehicle while the calipers are seized, and open the bleeder screw. If the wheel free's up, then change the flex lines. If it doesn't, keep investigating.




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9/22/2004
02:01:49

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Could also be a blockage in the brake line or lines, keeping pressure on the calipers after the brake is released. One of my friends has a Chebbie that he replaced the rotors and calipers on because his brakes were dragging. They got so hot that the plastic center caps on the wheels melted. Come to find out he had $hit in the lines.



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9/22/2004
03:36:03

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You can cause the front discs to drag severely if you "pump" the brake pedal. If the problem shows up after repeated braking, it's probably just pressure building up in the slave cylinders.



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9/22/2004
14:47:24

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Bill,

I had the same situation occur after replacing the front rotors/pads on my 2000 QC. The right front brakes would hang-up occasionally, and get very hot. I replaced the calipers, and the problem went away (I think the piston would hang-up & not always fully release). I would recommend replacing the calipers (or rebuilding them) if none of the other suggestions pan out.



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2/08/2016
22:16:41

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I have replaced master cylinder I have replaced brake lines I
have replaced rotors An pads why do my breaks just
occasionally will lock up or drag



Sharon stroup
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5/20/2021
14:53:38

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My front brakes drag and then eventually lick up
untill it cools off what do I do. And where is the
bleeder tube?



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