Cirrus brakes drag

Discussion in 'Cirrus' started by yzordderrex, Nov 12, 2006.

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    yzordderrex Guest

    Thanks for helping out here.

    My daughter has a 1998 Chrysler Cirrus and the right rear brake is
    dragging. I go for 4mile drive around town and get home and it is too
    hot to touch. I lick my finger and touch brake drum and it sizzles - so
    well beyond 100c. Driver side is just comfortably warm and I can hold
    my hand on it no problem.

    Last week a friend of a friend replaced both drums and shoes and left
    side adjuster. The left side shoes were gone and drum was zorched as
    well. Right side was ok.

    So assuming brakes were adjusted properly, what is/are likely cause(s)
    of one side dragging?
    I have read old post on this group that the hose can have a blockage
    that results in a very slow release. I would also assume a sticking
    wheel cylinder might be a prob - yes?

    I am presently between jobs and am into her brakes for about $180.00,
    so I don't want to keep replacing this that and the other thing until
    we got it right.

    yzordderrex, Nov 12, 2006
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    Ken Weitzel Guest

    Hi Bob...

    Not a mechanic, so take this with a grain of salt...

    Happened to a friend not too long ago; turned out to be as
    simple as a brake hose that had deteriorated to the point
    that it was collapsing inside, and acting like a one-way

    Reading between the lines that you'd rather do a little grunt
    work that waste any dollars, a simple test might be to
    jack up the wheel first thing in the morning before she's
    gone anywhere, spin the wheel to check for "freeness" (is that
    a word? :) Then pump the brakes a few times, spin it again
    looking for change. If it's noticeably tighter, then play
    around with the hose a bit, see if you can't make it loosen
    up that way.

    Take care.

    Ken Weitzel, Nov 12, 2006
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    yzordderrex Guest

    Hi Ken,

    Took your advice. The hub was quite tight from the start. Car hadn't
    gone anywhere all night. I'm going to ask the guy who worked on it to
    have another look. Maybe loosen it up a bit and have another ride
    around town.

    yzordderrex, Nov 12, 2006
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    philthy Guest

    make sure the clamp on the rubber brake line is not clamping the hose close and
    not allowing fluid return causing a brake drag
    have seen this a bunch of times
    philthy, Nov 12, 2006
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    jdoe Guest

    This is a common problem on them. First I can tell you is imo the rear
    system on this thing is junk pure and simple. I refuse to work on them any
    more as they always come back to haunt me. What I can tell you I have
    learned though is replace the rear hoses, use ONLY OEM rear shoes and make
    sure the adjusters are on the correct sides of the vehicle. Also replace
    the rear wheel cyls. By now I am sure that drum is scorched beyond repair
    too so it may need replaceing again. In any case by oem parts at the dealer
    (shoes and adjusters) and quality cyls and hoses (I'll suggest NAPA here) as
    the other stuff comes from China and the NAPA parts are made by BREMBO in
    Italy. Good luck!
    jdoe, Nov 13, 2006
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    aarcuda69062 Guest

    Must be a regional thing.

    Around here, the NAPA choices are Chinese or United Brake
    Products, the latter mostly coming from Canada.
    aarcuda69062, Nov 13, 2006
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    Bill Putney Guest

    United Brake is NAPA's house brand made by Raybestos

    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with the letter 'x')
    Bill Putney, Nov 13, 2006
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    philthy Guest

    funny napa didn't last 3 months here
    philthy, Nov 17, 2006
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    aarcuda69062 Guest

    Not sure what you mean.

    The rotors didn't last 3 months, or the store didn't last three
    aarcuda69062, Nov 17, 2006
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    ian marsh Guest

    Perhaps? Sometimes brakehoses can become defective on the inside. The
    rubber swells and creates a narrower diameter. You apply the brake and
    the good side does the work until the defective side can catch up. The
    defective side then doesn't want to release as fast as it should
    either. I would pull the drums one at a time and have someone
    carefully depress the brake pedal and watch/feel/listen what the wheel
    cylinders are doing. The springs should return the pistons smoothly as
    the fluid is pushed back to the resovoir. If it feels rough it will be
    a cylinder. If not perhaps the hose?

    Hope this helps,

    ian marsh, Nov 17, 2006
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    philthy Guest

    the store didn't, no one knew why and it was a corporate store
    philthy, Nov 18, 2006
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