1976 Oldsmobile Toronado 118,000 miles

Every so often, my Toronado would begin to shudder while I was driving down the road. This would happen while driving down the freeway and around town. After the shuddering would occur, I would notice that the front, driver's side wheel and hubcap would be extremely hot. I assumed the problem was coming from a faulty caliper. I changed the caliper and brake pads. I had the rotor turned and I also replaced the brake fluid. I had no problems for about a day or so until today. It had been quite cool outside for the last couple of days, today was nearly 80 degrees. As I was pulling out of a parking lot, I noticed that the car would not move at idle. I had to give it some gas. As soon as I let off the gas, the car would stop as though I had my foot on the brake. I drove down the road and pulled into a parking lot where I noticed that the front driver's side wheel was extremely hot. Now that you know my story, here is my question? Is it possible that I did not bleed that brake well enough and it allowed an air bubble in the caliper or line to expand in the heat and cause the brake to press against the rotor?
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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 AT 1:22 AM

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Bleeding the brakes won't cause this. IF you replaced the caliper, chances are the rubber brake hose that attaches to it is bad. They break down inside and many times allow fluid to go one direction (to stop) and then not return. As a result, the caliper appears to stick.

Check that and let me know what you find.

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Monday, April 5th, 2010 AT 2:55 PM

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