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Old 09-28-2012, 06:42 AM   #1
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Brake hang-up?????

A few days ago, driving my Class C Ford Superduty Motorhome, I made a firm stop (not hard) on my brakes at a traffic light. I noticed the the left front brake hung-up about a 1/10 of a mile from the gampground and pulled a little to the left. When we stop at the office to register I notice a small amount of smoke coming from the wheel. After we registered at the office when proceded to out sight and the left side was no longer pulling to the left, and seemed fine. Is it possible that it release????

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Old 09-28-2012, 06:45 AM   #2
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Sounds like the caliper is hanging up. Probably time to replace it.

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Old 09-28-2012, 07:11 AM   #3
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Yes, the caliper is hanging up. It could be that all is needed is to clean the caliper. Check to see if the rotor is grooved, deep scratches, etc. check the disc pads, or the drums & shoes if that type of brake. It could be that you are due for all new brakes.
You could have some grease or oil on the pad or shoe and therefor causing it to hang up. The grease could be comning from a wheel bearing or seal. A lot of things could be causing your problem. I suggest you remove the wheel and do a inspection at your earliest connivence. If that wheel locks up and your on ice or rain, That will be one of those "OHhhh S**t moments."
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:51 AM   #4
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I have a 2005 Winnie Aspect with a Ford E450 chassis and at 18,000 miles had to replace both calipers due to hang up after a hard stop (not panic) due to hang ups. Ruined one rotor also. Shop, not Ford or RV dealer, private heavy truck front end repair shop said that lack of use caused rust to build up to the point it couldn't be removed without ruining the pistons in the calipers. Previous owner of my unit put very few miles on it so it sat for long periods of time. The fix is not cheap, $800 in all, but it has worked fine for the last 14 months.
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:32 AM   #5
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Had to replace both front calipers on my 01 class c due to hang up. Agree with previous posts and would add two things: Make sure that any flexible hoses in the brake lines are checked. They can collapse causing fluid to be trapped so that the caliper won't release. It is possible you do not have any flex line, but if you do they need to be checked. It is also a good investment to flush the brake system and replace the fluid with a high temp version.
Finally, unless you are a pretty good diy kind of person, don't mes with it - take it to a good shop as noted above.
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