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Symptoms of a sticking caliper?

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by dwarmbrodt, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. Dec 24, 2016 at 7:27 AM
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    dwarmbrodt

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    Hello all,
    Trying to determine what is the cause of this problem. Just had truck aligned with new tires mounted and balanced. Most of the time tracks straight and smooth. THEN, above 40mph I can have a shake similar to a tire way out of balance. And truck pulls to the right slightly. After a mile or so it will slowly get back to normal. Is this a symptom of a sticking piston in the caliper?
     
  2. Dec 24, 2016 at 12:01 PM
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    This could be the problem. What year truck? Miles?

    When this happens, do you smell hot brakes? Have you went out and checked for excessive heat on your front passenger brake assembly?

    Other areas to look at is:

    Bad bearing hub assembly. Once the hub heats up and starts dragging, your going to feel it. This also creates a lot of heat. This is where a cheap thermo gun works great to pinpoint heat origination.

    Check front end components. I had an issue with a customers truck that stumped me for a bit. Every time he hooked up to his GN trailer and towed hay (17k lbs or more) the truck would pull for about a week later. It ended up being a bad suspension bushing. I was surprised it was bad with how new the truck was.
     
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  3. Dec 25, 2016 at 5:09 AM
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    Move the suspected tire to the rear and see what happens, it could be a bad tire itself since this started after all the work you had done to it.
     
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  4. Feb 12, 2017 at 8:20 AM
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    i had the sticky caliper problem this week, truck pulled hard to right, gas mileage horrible, jacked the front of truck up checked to see how free the wheels spin drivers side fine pass. side i could barely turn it, then i checked tierode ends while i had it jacked up drivers side was wore plum out. new caliper fixed the one problem, but you should also check the rubber brake line while you have on the jack and the wheel off of it. sometimes the rubber brake lie will fail with age. 2000 model 4x4 270,000 miles still going strong!!!!
     
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  5. Feb 12, 2017 at 8:54 AM
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    I had a car that did the same when warm, was a stuck caliper.
     

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