Why is my Left Front brake dragging/sticking and overheating even after new caliper, pads, and rotor?

Asked by Jul 06, 2016 at 05:41 PM about the Chevrolet Malibu Maxx

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I`m having what sounds like the same exact problem described in another
Malibu brake issue,  with my 2005 Malibu Maxx. ONLY on the left front. The
wheel first started getting too hot causing a burning smell. I can change my
own brake pads/rotors but by no means am I an expert. My first thought for
the problem was the caliper sticking, and needing replacement. The brakes
seemed to drag. I replaced the caliper. The pads and rotor were still under
warranty so I changed those as well since the new parts were free. Also
bled the front brakes only. Thought it was fixed but a few days later, the
problem still happened on a warm day. Most noticeable on a warm outside
temp day. In the early AM driving to work when it`s 60 degrees out, the
problem won`t happen, no overheating. Yet driving home from work at 5PM
when it`s 75 degrees out, the left front wheel gets red hot and feels like the
brake is sticking. Today driving home it was 87 degrees out, and not only a
smell, but the feeling of the left front rotor pulsing a little as when rotors
become worn. When I got home, the left front wheel was so hot, I couldn`t
even touch it more than a second or two. I`ve changed everything but that
hose that supplies the brake fluid. I`m desperate and willing to change that
hose, I`ve changed everything else. I`ve never changed one. Difficult? I`m
sure you must bleed the brakes after. Do all 4 wheels/brakes need to be
bled? And is it something that could affect fluid flow on the opposite right
front wheel.....requiring that hose to be changed too? Thanks so much for
advice.

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Well the symptom you describe is usually an old caliper where the pistons are sticking and not releasing the pads all the way- then I thought, maybe a warped rotor? but since you have replaced ALL this all I can think of is whatever weirdness is involved with ABS- antilock braking systems- as if the work wasn't hard enough BEFORE- good luck-

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18,230

Yes the brake hose could be causing your problem also. Not hard to change you already had one end of the brake hose off the one going to the caliper the other end screws into a metal brake line just spray some WD40 or PB blaster where it screws into metal line and use a line wrench to loosen and remove. Brake fluid will only drip out giving you enough time to replace with new hose before brake fluid becomes empty in the master cylinder. As long as brake fluid is in the master cylinder and you get new hose on before it all drips out ( you definitely should be able to replace before it all drips out because it drips slow ) you just have to bleed the caliper to the hose you replaced.

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18,230

Also forgot to mention it is best to replace brake hoses in pairs. Change them both.

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