'97 ford escort front brakes

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Old 04-01-12, 05:58 AM
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'97 ford escort front brakes

Hello,

I replaced my son's brake calipers and pads yesterday, bled the brakes, filled the fluid reservoir with new fluid, and went on some errands. I did not replace the flexible brake lines.
The car stopped fine, but after a while I noticed that after stopping, I'd let off the brake to let it idle and instead of the car going forward smoothly on it's own power, it felt like the brakes were dragging a bit. What could be causing brand new brakes and calipers to drag when not engaged? Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

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Old 04-01-12, 06:06 AM
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Years ago I learned that it was best to replace the flexible brake line first or along with the calipers. More times than not the brake line collapsing internally was causing uneven brake pad wear and not the caliper. I'm a painter not a mechanic but that's been my experience.
 
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Old 04-01-12, 02:27 PM
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When changing the calipers, but not the lines, did you pinch off the rubber brake lines????....If so, there's your problem
 
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Old 04-02-12, 02:42 AM
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No I didn't pinch them, I just let them hang and drain. I went out yesterday and bought new lines and installed them. It seems to have fixed the problem. Thanks for your replies.
 
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Old 04-09-12, 02:52 PM
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Hmmm.
I personally clean all the brake dust from any surface where movement may occur--the caliper pistons, the hangars that hold the pads. . . .
Then lube all surfaces before compressing the pistons and putting new pads on. Could old brake dust be interferring with the piston/pad movement?

Just a thought.
Were the calipers leaking? Reason for replacement??
 
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Old 04-09-12, 02:56 PM
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Oopps, you said all that stuff was new.

Did you have to compress the new calipers?
Do you know if it is only one wheel dragging?
Does the car do anything different when braking compared to before the repair?
 
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