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Eric, Automotive Repair Shop Manager
Category: Car
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Experience:  Automotive Repair Shop Manager, Technician/JA Mentor
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Just replaced brake pad and caliber. brakes locked up,

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just replaced brake pad and caliber. brakes locked up
JA: How many miles are on the car? Has this ever happened before?
Customer: 145000 no
JA: What year is your Caliber?
Customer: its brand new
JA: Are you fixing your Caliber yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: just replaced. bled lines
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Eric replied 11 months ago.


Ok, did you replace them because the brake locked up, or did the brakes lock up after replacing them?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Eric replied 11 months ago.


Ok, is it just the same one locking up or have you verified that it is all 4 locking up?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Don't know if all 4 are or not.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Should I put tire on and give it a try
Expert:  Eric replied 11 months ago.


Ok, I am a bit confused. If you havent put the tire back on, how do you know the brake is locked up?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I can't spin the hub that holds the tire on.
Expert:  Eric replied 11 months ago.


Ok, open the bleeder at the caliper for about 30-40 seconds and then close the bleeder and see if the hub spins

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Still tight
Expert:  Eric replied 11 months ago.


Ok, Is the rotor flat against the hub and not angled at all?

If possible can you take a photo of the rotor and caliper from the front and then from an angle looking down at them and then use the paperclip icon on your reply box to upload them.

I believe this is going to be in how it was put back together and not an hydraulic issue

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
You have number I can text pics. Will not load
Expert:  Eric replied 11 months ago.


The caliper or caliper bracket is cocked at an angle and grabbing the rotor by the looks of it. Remove the caliper(leave the hose connected to it, and remove the caliper bracket. Use a lug nut hand tightened to keep the rotor straight, and then reinstall the caliper bracket, pads and then the caliper, making sure to keep the caliper and bracket straight.

Expert:  Eric replied 11 months ago.

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