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Hi everyone,

Had to have my 2004 GT towed to a shop this evening because my left front drivers side caliper froze so bad that it was glowing red hot and smoking when I had a safe place to pull off the road. I have heard of various causes...bad fluid, bad master cylinder, bad brake lines, etc. Any one out there who has ever experienced this? Things to know...

Car currently has just over 55K.
Had all rotors and pads changed at 53K.at the shop where I just left it.
Weather was dry, car was warm, had been fine all day long, and noticed something wrong only on this last trip of the day.

Should I ask for new rotors? This one is really badly, well, scraped, all the other ones are fine, so I know the problem was just this one wheel.

Appreciate all tips and advice you can give. Currently this is my only car.

Chuck

Please help, any and all input is welcome.
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Hey chuck, I have a 00 gt and just had similar probes withine.... Just had brakes done then that... I swapped out both front calipers iv heard it to be a known thing that happens... New calipers r only 50 bucks after your core charge at aa napa and those type of places Hoe this helps Todd
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Thanks, it does help that I know that this has happened to someone else. In your case, did you have the rotor replaced/resurfaced? Did you ever find out why it happened, or was it just the bad caliper?

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HEy Chuck

This is a problem that happened to many. Over the year break dust and road dirt and rust build up on the piston and seals on the calipers causing them to lock up. If you heated up the rotor that bad it is likely you may need it turned down and checked for warpage. Get a new $50 caliper and pads and put it back together and take it for a ride. If you have a shimmy when you apply the brakes you will need to replace the rotor as well. GL - Gene
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Gene,

I suspect that the rotor will have to be changed, as it was really badly grooved upon visual inspection (after it wasn't red anymore) I will know soon enough. What bothered me was that these were new pads and rotors..so I hope that it isn't a system problem with the fluid or brake line. All the other wheels were fine.

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I would check to see if the piston is ceramic. often times techs will get into a rush and force the piston back into the caliper to quickly or off centered which can cause the piston to crack if it is ceramic. This will cause the caliper to seize over time. If the rotor is torn up you can check it with a micrometer to see if there is enough material there to turn the rotor down but your better off just buying a new one at the 45 dollar+ cost to turn a rotor. The caliper is def bad so replace that the pads and rotors on that wheel. I don't know that I would spend the money to do both calipers but it might not be a bad idea.
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Common problem for this to happen- both of mine seized up around 60k.

good time to upgrade to 13" front brakes!
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^yup I still wish I did! I noticed mine locking up befor any other damage but it was the piston being sized up
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I would check to see if the piston is ceramic. often times techs will get into a rush and force the piston back into the caliper to quickly or off centered which can cause the piston to crack if it is ceramic. This will cause the caliper to seize over time. If the rotor is torn up you can check it with a micrometer to see if there is enough material there to turn the rotor down but your better off just buying a new one at the 45 dollar+ cost to turn a rotor. The caliper is def bad so replace that the pads and rotors on that wheel. I don't know that I would spend the money to do both calipers but it might not be a bad idea.
This. Caliper aside, I was always taught that you do pads/rotors together.
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