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Old 06-17-2020, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default Front brakes sticking on my '06

I had it parked outside since last October and just started driving it again. I noticed it didn't coast as easily as before and it would up shift later than before as if something was dragging it down. At a stop light I put in neutral and it didn't roll on an incline. When I got back, I couldn't touch the front weeks they were so hot. I replaced the pads and rotors a few months prior and I'm pretty sure the calipers were sliding, so it seems the hoses are collapsed inside. Any other possibility's?
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Old 06-17-2020, 04:51 PM   #2
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Given the number of problems with collapsed bake hoses, I'd go with that also. If you open up the bleeder will fluid continue to run out, If not, pinched brake line.
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Old 06-17-2020, 06:13 PM   #3
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replace the hoses. do all four wheels.
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Old 07-11-2020, 06:18 PM   #4
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Default Re: Front brakes sticking on my '06

Well, I ordered the front hoses a while back and went to install them today. Got the front end up on stands. Stepped on the brake hard for a few seconds, and sure enough, I couldn't turn the wheels by hand. Took off the wheels and went to loosen a brake bleeder. Expecting fluid to shoot out. Nope, just normal flow. It's NOT the hoses. Got the caliper off after squeezing with a c clamp and the caliper pins are fine. Moving smoothly. The only thing left are the calipers. Or more specifically, the pistons. Turns out this caliper uses a composite piston material, not steel, which after 10+ years deteriorates and swells causing sticking in the caliper. I recall having the same issue with a Ford that used these type of pistons. Just ordered a set of new pistons and rebuild kits for $32. Some would say to just replace the calipers, but I'd rather keep the original GM housings, plus it will cost less than half as much and there is no core shipping to pay for.

If anyone needs hoses, let me know.
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Old 07-13-2020, 06:44 AM   #5
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My 2 cents, I just had a similar issue with my Aura. Smoking hot brakes and even the wheel was hot to touch. Replaced caliper, a month later, brake was stuck again. I tried to squeeze the piston back with a C clamp. No way could I move it. I got and installed a replacement under warranty. All seemed good for about a month. Then the brake stuck again. This time, I opened the bleeder and could squeeze the piston back in easily. Took the brake hose fitting off the caliper and pushed a fine solid strand of telephone wire up through it. It would only go half way, as far as the clamp on the bracket. Replaced the hose and the braking is back to normal. From what I can tell the plugged/collapsed brake hose acts like a check valve. If you open the bleeder and pump the brakes it pushes the tube inside the hose back to straight through and all seems good. Then it takes a while for it to block backflow to the master cylinder and the brake sticks on. Then as the brake gets hot, the fluid expands making the brake stick even harder.
I nearly stripped the flare nut at the top of the brake hose getting it off. Ended up spraying it with Seafoam Deep Creep, then heating it with a propane torch, then spraying with the Deep Creep when it was hot. It broke free pretty easily after that.

Here is a good write up on the brake hose issue:
https://www.vehicleservicepros.com/i...alve-imbalance
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Old 07-15-2020, 06:00 PM   #6
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...I would spend the extra money and get coated calipers and russell steel braided lines, if your going to keep the vue for a while. With the braided steel brake lines you get a much better pedal feel also, just my .02, DC
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Rebuilt the calipers and put in new pistons. Works great now with no dragging brakes.
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My 2 cents, I just had a similar issue with my Aura. Smoking hot brakes and even the wheel was hot to touch. Replaced caliper, a month later, brake was stuck again. I tried to squeeze the piston back with a C clamp. No way could I move it. I got and installed a replacement under warranty. All seemed good for about a month. Then the brake stuck again. This time, I opened the bleeder and could squeeze the piston back in easily. Took the brake hose fitting off the caliper and pushed a fine solid strand of telephone wire up through it. It would only go half way, as far as the clamp on the bracket. Replaced the hose and the braking is back to normal. From what I can tell the plugged/collapsed brake hose acts like a check valve. If you open the bleeder and pump the brakes it pushes the tube inside the hose back to straight through and all seems good. Then it takes a while for it to block backflow to the master cylinder and the brake sticks on. Then as the brake gets hot, the fluid expands making the brake stick even harder.
I nearly stripped the flare nut at the top of the brake hose getting it off. Ended up spraying it with Seafoam Deep Creep, then heating it with a propane torch, then spraying with the Deep Creep when it was hot. It broke free pretty easily after that.

Here is a good write up on the brake hose issue:
https://www.vehicleservicepros.com/i...alve-imbalance
I just dealt with this issue on one of my L series front brakes. I posted a few photos in the L series forum. After dissecting the faulty hose i discovered that the hose had not actually collapsed or imploded. The metal ring where the hoses mounts to the strut had slowly built up rust between it and the hose. Slowly compressing it until it closed off.When I cut the metal ring off the hose was no longer restricted.
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Default Re: Front brakes sticking on my '06

Given the number of problems with collapsed bake hoses, I'd go with that also. If you open up the bleeder will fluid continue to run out, If not, pinched brake line.
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