1994 Dodge Caravan Left front caliper does not release

Tiny
FEVER100
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  • 1994 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 12,000 MILES
I put new brake pads, caliper, and rotor onto the vehicle. But the same problem persists. When the brakes are applied the left front brakes seem to keep partially or fully engaged. The wheel gets very hot, and now, once again, the pads are worn down and the brakes are grinding metal to metal.
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 AT 1:25 PM

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Tiny
MERLIN2021
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Open the bleeder screw, if caliper releases, replace the flex hose! Do both side, save the agravation on the other side.
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 AT 1:50 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for your answer. Just to be sure (since I dont know if the previous mechanic did it properly).
When I replace the pads, I need to know where the "low break squeal sensor, thingy goes"? Inside the rotor outside the rotor, top or bottom?
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 AT 2:07 PM
Tiny
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We talk about collapsed hoses all the time but I have NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, EVER seen a hose block fluid flow, ... Until last year when I found two in two weeks! One was on my Grand Voyager that was sitting all winter. The other was on a student's '99 Neon.

The clue is when the brake is locked, it will release when you open the bleeder screw. The problem is rust buildup inside the metal bracket in the middle of the hose. Use a channel lock pliers to peel the crimp open a little.

When the rust pinches the hose, pedal pressure can easily force fluid to the caliper but the caliper can't push the fluid back.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 AT 4:41 PM
Tiny
MERLIN2021
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Been doing brakes since the 60's, and have seen quite a few. Especially ones that have craks in the outer shell.
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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 2:08 AM
Tiny
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What did you find, merlin2021? Collapsed rubber flaps like you see in textbooks or rusty metal brackets like I found?

I'm in Wisconsin; we plant a pound of salt to melt an ounce of snow. Is it possible we have more rust buildup before the hoses crack? I've changed a lot of cracked hoses, but never blocked ones before the two I mentioned.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 2:31 AM
Tiny
MERLIN2021
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In out in Mass, and we use our share of salt here too, some are as you say, especially Chrysler products, and front drives that attach at the strut, but have seen Ford GM and Chrs, rear drives that have no brackett and some are split some not, but always test lock-ups by opening bleeders first! Or loosening banjo bolt.
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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 2:08 PM

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