2003 LEXUS RX 330 NEW BRAKE ROTORS LOCKING UP

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  • 2003 Lexus RX 330

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2003 Lexus RX 330 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 105000 miles

I just installed new rear rotors/pads and the wheels are locked up! What did I do wrong? Do the rotors have to be positioned on the hub in some particular position?

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Thursday, September 24th, 2009 AT 2:19 PM

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Hi
Did caliper pistons retracte easily? Parking brake shoes not rubbing and brake off? Did rotor rotate after replacement but siezed after brake applied?
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Thursday, September 24th, 2009 AT 2:46 PM
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The pistons compressed fine, parking brake shoes not rubbing, and brake is off. I since have taken the wheels off again and the rotors turn by hand. So, yes I guess they seized when the brake pedal was depressed and the car was running.

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Thursday, September 24th, 2009 AT 3:11 PM
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That's what I figured lots of time when piston is retracted dirt, pits on piston are moved into bore a couple brake applications piston will not retract

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Thursday, September 24th, 2009 AT 4:05 PM
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I'm going crazy here taking off and putting on the calipers and wheels. I replaced one caliper, Pep Boys gave me one good one and one with a squared side to the hole for the swivel pin. Okay, the bottom line is this: when the wheels are off - the rotors spin, when I put the wheels on (still up in the air or on the ground, they won't spin. Why can I spin the rotors by hand when the wheels are off but can't when the wheels are on the rotors? Please help.

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Sunday, September 27th, 2009 AT 2:26 PM
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Rim must be hitting caliper make sure caliper is seated and bottom hold down bolt in threaded hole.


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Sunday, September 27th, 2009 AT 3:45 PM
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Actually it turns out they gave me the wrong rotors.

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Sunday, September 27th, 2009 AT 7:32 PM
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Parts guys can do that always good idea to compare what they gave you with what you have.

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Monday, September 28th, 2009 AT 8:45 AM

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