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Old 06-06-2021, 08:58 AM   #1
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I know this is a well discussed issue..Just would like clarification..

Front left calipers dragging on rotor. Could be a collapsed brake line/hose?

Can't look at it until tomorrow. If I have to replc the line will I have to bleed

the entire brake system? tia...burnt
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Search past threads about front flexible brake line strap strangling brake fluid flow acting as a one way valve resulting in hot calipers too hot to touch. Not brake hose collapse. The brake hose has a steel strap around it to fasten the hose out of the way on the strut. Rust and corrosion expands on the inside of the strap to choke off brake fluid. When brakes are applied, hydraulic pressure flows for braking but revers flow as the choked line holds pressure resulting in continual braking. Both flex hoses are recommended for replacement. In a pinch if rotors aren't severely damaged, prying the steel strap apart just a little (surrounding the hose) will release residual brake pressure to allow the wheel to turn. Someone applying and releasing brakes with wheel off the ground should allow you to see if prying the corroded strap does the trick while you spin the wheel.

A thread about this shows a snapshot of a cut open brake hose to reveal strangulation from the corroded strap.

With both front brake lines replaced, the brakes will require bleeding. If the straps are pried open a little, brakes will work without bleeding the system.
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Old 06-14-2021, 07:31 PM   #4
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Collapsed front left brake line...
-2 new hoses..73$
-Front brake pads...50$
-Lubed guide pins..
-Bleed system
-install parts...80$

Total...211$

You guys were spot on with your diagnosis....thanks...bo
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