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What does it mean when your brakes are dragging?

What does it mean when your brakes are dragging?

Brake dragging is commonly caused by broken or weak springs on the drum brakes. It can also be due to a corroded or jammed caliper piston or a caliper that has corroded bushings or mounting pins. Additionally, brake dragging can also be caused by frozen emergency brake cables as well as overextended self-adjusters.

What causes rear brake drag and how to reduce it?

A rear brake drag can be the result of a sticky pull cable for the hand brake. On the other hand, a front brake drag can be caused by the seals on the front disc brakes being too old or loosing their flexibility. A faulty power booster or blocked master cylinder return port can cause all the wheels to drag.

Where is the sensor for anti lock brakes located?

Change the ABS sensor that controls your anti-lock brakes. As sensors age, they wear out and sometimes begin to send out false readings. Fortunately, they are cheap and easy to replace. The sensor for your anti-lock brakes is located within a sensor housing, which is attached to your wheel hub by a screw.

What to do when your anti lock brakes go off?

If the light stays off, it has been reset. If it comes back on (which may take up to a week), continue on to the next step. Change the ABS sensor that controls your anti-lock brakes.

What should I do about intermittent brake locking dragging?

New rubber brake hoses in both front brakes. New wheel cylinders in both back brakes. New caliper with piston assembly in front driver side. Passenger side is fine. New wheel bearing in front driver side (there was visible smoke from front driver wheel when it first happened). Other bearings are fine.

Where does the brake lock up on a car?

Brake and wheel were blistering hot. Front driver side was hotter than front passenger side. Note that brake master cylinder and reservoir are closest to the front driver side. When the wheel/brake lock up, the brake pedal is stuck at the up position. Pressing with all my might wont make the brake pedal go down.

Why does my car lock after a few miles?

It is no longer an intermittent issue. The brakes lock after a few miles of driving, every time. I also noticed the brake gets so sensitive that the car stops before the brake travels far enough to activate the brake light switch. I flushed the brake fluid and bled all four brakes yesterday.

What causes brake drag when replacing master cylinder?

This situation is usually remedied by replacing the master cylinder. We see a lot of brake drag problems caused by a master cylinder that is too full of fluid. If the system is overfull, there may not be enough room in the reservoirs for the fluid to return.

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Ruth Doyle