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Old 04-12-2006, 05:26 PM   #1
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Question Locking front tire under braking?

After a spirited drive or two over the last couple of days, I've noticed that my front right tire wanted to lock up and skid a bit under medium-hard braking.

When just driving normally, it doesn't pull when braking. The rotor seems worn the same amount as the other side, as does the pad. While the car has pulled right just a tiny bit (towards the locking brake) since I bought it a year ago, it was determined that the alignment wasn't causing it, and it probably was the tire. The tires were new, and have been checked out OK.

If I get on the brakes at speed medium-hard, I hear that tire start to skid just a bit, and the pedal starts to pulse a bit after a 1/2 second pause as the ABS kicks in. Harder braking causes just that tire to complain, with ABS doing its job, but only on that front tire. No other ABS or skidding noises from any other corner.

I believe that this has developed over the last few weeks. It's not my imagination; this is definitely something that is different suddenly. Does anyone have a guess what is going on, or do you have a similar repair story to tell?

I'm hoping it's just a sensor or sticking caliper, but so far I have nothing to go on.

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Old 04-13-2006, 04:26 AM   #2
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check your tire pressures.
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Old 04-13-2006, 08:11 AM   #3
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check your tire pressures.
Thanks, I did a couple of weeks ago, but I checked the pressure again, and it's fine.
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Old 04-13-2006, 11:21 AM   #4
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Do you have a flat spot on that tire? That could cause the repeated locking.. Or maybe there's something wrong with the ABS sensors on that corner?
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Old 04-13-2006, 11:40 AM   #5
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I dunno, sounds like a caliper starting to freeze maybe? If you can find a cheap replacement it might be worth a try. Normally that pad or rotor would start looking more worn after a while though.
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Old 04-13-2006, 05:43 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. I'm going to do the following to it myself, in this order, for starters:

- Clean the ABS sensors and connections.
- Power bleed the brakes and clutch with new ATE Blue fluid
- Remove and inspect the calipers, replace pads while I'm there

If it's still acting up it may be caliper time. Dooes anyone know if rebuild kits are available?
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