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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-09-2019, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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Dragging brakes

I just swapped the pads on my 05 Nomad. I was thinking about 5000 miles on previous pads was a bit low.

On a quick test drive, can hear the front pads are dragging for sure. Not 100% on the rear, but I'd assume they are just due to the extreme wear amount.

With the pad change, I flushed/bleed the brake lines, ensure calipers and such were clean. What can I look for to see why the pads are dragging?
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Either caliper is dragging, getting hung up even though you cleaned it all, or the caliper is bad.
Your should be able to see the parts move as you squeeze the brake and let go.
Its a bit like a spring but the movement isn't very far.


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What did you use to clean?
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Either caliper is dragging, getting hung up even though you cleaned it all, or the caliper is bad.
Your should be able to see the parts move as you squeeze the brake and let go.
Its a bit like a spring but the movement isn't very far.
I am going to pull the pistons out and ensure they are clean. Lube the pins, then see how it is.

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What did you use to clean?
Brake cleaner.
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Some brake cleaners are not recommended for rubber parts. Check can label.
If you have the calipers apart, replace all rubber parts. To do otherwise is poor practice.
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