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Old 06-27-2011, 12:55 PM
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Front Brake Caliper Sticking.....and smoking

So a couple weeks ago my wife and I had the rig out for the 225 mile trip to our cabin and leaving with the rest of the weekend yahoos we got stuck in some pretty good stop and go traffic on the highway, I smelled some burnt pads after a few more aggressive stops and I assumed at first that a big rigs's trailer brakes were smoking.

Then a week later I was driving the same route when I noticed the same smell and the truck was pulling hard to the right.......I figured I had a sticky caliper.

Then today, short around town ride on a hot day and bang, pulling like a ticked off bride at a wedding dress sale.....get out at work, do the smell check on the front right and had some visible smoke coming out........so I tossed a bottle's full of water on the rotor and caliper and enjoyed the show.....

So, anyone else have this issue? Can I assume this is a "lube the caliper and replace the pads" type situation?

Man I hate the smell of stuff burning.......well at least the smell of stuff I own burning.....

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Old 06-27-2011, 03:05 PM
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This could be the problem, but you will not know untill you get them apart.
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:03 PM
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MillerFeed - Thanks, what would we do without Guzzle.......

I have a good mechanic that I trust for brakes, maybe I'll order up two of those slide pin replacement kits and bring them on down with Guzzles tutorial as I just don't ahve the jack stands and space necessary to handle this job cleanly and safely.......although it would be a good excuse to get some.

I assume since brakes are relatively simple, (from a mechanical standpoint) that the pins sticking in the sleeves are the primary culprit to check out, right?

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Yes....I agree with Rick on your brake problem.Do both sides and you will be happy again.
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If u get into the habit of greasing those pins everytime u change the pads they will last...I leaned that the hard way servicing all my Ferds as they were all dry.
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Buy new caliper brackets and slide pins, jacks stands and even a jack, do it yourself and put the rest of the money you saved by not paying someone, in your pocket! Super easy job.
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