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Old 06-18-05, 06:42 PM
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I recently replaced pads on front of dodge ram. Pressure builds up on one side and gets hot. I bleed that side. works good for awhile. About a month. Last time i was in heavy trafic downhill stopping and starting and it happened again. I bleed them again and fine for a couple weeks so far. Thanks in advance, John
 
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Old 06-18-05, 06:52 PM
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What do you mean that pressure builds up on one side?
 
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The fluid pressure. I have to bleed the brake to relieve the pressure.
 
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What measurement or observation are you using to detect hight pressure?
 
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Old 06-18-05, 07:06 PM
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If it's only occuring on one side, and opening the bleeder relieves the pressure, it's likely a bad flex hose. Next time, open the line above the hose - if the pressure remains, you've got a bad hose.
 
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I was driving and smelled something burning. smoke was coming from the brakes. The wheel cover was hot. I bleed the brakes to let the pad back off. I assumed the fluid pressure was holding it there.
 
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Only two things come to mind. Most suspect, a sticky caliper that needs to be replaced.

The other item depends on if it is abs or not. If so, does your dash abs light come on?
 
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yeah, i agree with lugnut, might be a sticky caliper. could be the rubber gasket that pushes the piston back is shot and you need to rebuild the calipers.
 
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If the caliper were the cause, opening the bleeder would not release the pressure.
 
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Old 06-19-05, 06:44 AM
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HOSE, check
 
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HOSE, check by trying to release the pressure by disconecting the metal line from the upper end of the flex hose. If pressure doesn't release then its hose. If it does then work your way towards the master cyl/depending on vehicle type(abs or not).
 
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Thanks guys, i'll give it a try the next time it happens. Hasn't done for about atwo weeks. Thanks again
 
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Old 06-20-05, 05:54 PM
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Hey lugnut, no light comes on. Do have abs. Mabey brakes are down far enough now, about 2000 mi. seems to be working. See what happens when the temp. gets up again this weekend. thanks alot, John
 
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Old 06-21-05, 03:46 PM
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Have a 95 gmc that did the same thing to me. Ended up being the brake hose was falling apart on the inside of hose. would let pressure in but wouldn't let it release out
 
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