Front Brake Killer

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by familyman, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. familyman

    familyman New Member

    My vehicle in ID'd in my signature below.

    Here's my problem. Had lots of trouble with front brake calipers sticking and dragging and burning up. Replaced three times now in 18 months (under warranty) - all NAPA parts, work done by guys who have always done right by me and whose other work has otherwise always held up and been top notch.

    At one point last year, when I went to replace the shocks, one of the new shock broke in less than a week. Again, replaced under warranty.

    Now, I've moved to a different state, but the parts are still under warranty, but I can't seem to get away from the "caliper Killer", whatever it is. Same dragging/"pull to the right" symptoms as before.

    By the way, the rotors have also replaced on both sides, along with the pads.

    Ideas??? I'm growing to hate this Suburban more every time the front braking system takes me through the process.
  2. cafs

    cafs New Member

    One possible reason for the brake issue could be a collapsed brake line . The rubber segment might appear to look normal , but if it has collapsed , the fluid will not flow properly and the caliper will hang...just a thought
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2007
  3. 84fiero123

    84fiero123 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    We have a winner.

    At least that would keep the pads from retracting.

    But I would think it would also trip a code, maybe.

    Not familiar with this model, I have a 94 with that monstrosity of a box with all the brake lines going into it and then back out. What a mess.

    If you have this system it could be that, the antilock is not functioning properly. But that should also throw a code, I would think.
  4. familyman

    familyman New Member

    You're right. And now that you bring that up, I forgot to mention that my old shop already replaced the brake lines for the same reason, and the problem hasn't gone away yet.
  5. 84fiero123

    84fiero123 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Well how long ago did they replace that line?

    Also when they replaced the line and bled the system. Did they check to see if the caliper closed, went back in smoothly, (Easy)?

    Sounds more like you have a restriction in a line, but if the caliper goes back in when they replaced the line it could be the anti lock brake system not working properly.
  6. Cableguy

    Cableguy Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    If you've done lines, calipers, rotors, pads. You might need fluid flushed out (sediment prob?) or proportioning valve replaced?
  7. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I can tell you those valves suck. They have a tendency to be more disproportioning than proportioning. I've seen some replacement valves out there, that are supposed to be upgrades. At least they claim to be more suited for 'burbs than what GM put in there originally. With ABS on these vehicles now, the valves should be set to allow more braking in the rear than they have in the past, but they don't seem to have changed anything. Still seems that those valves favor the front wheels for about 70% of the braking power.

    This sounds exactly like what you're explaining.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2007
  8. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy All hail the Mad King!! Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    I am very much interested. Ever since my first accident, which I blame on the ABS, but that's another story, I've been very paranoid abour braking. my 91 has ABS on the rear only, and I have yet to feel it kick in (which is best IMHO), but I want to make sure that the truck can stop as soon as humanly possible. I've been thinking about looking for bigger brakes, upgrading the rears to discs, and going with drilled and slotted rotors, etc.
  9. familyman

    familyman New Member

    From everything you guys have tossed out, I think I'm probably looking at an ABS problem. I've noticed some wierd acting up with it on a few rare occasions.

    And, oh yeah... they did the proportioning valve too. One of my complete system overhauls was done at a rip-off Mieneke shop in Miami while we were there for hurricane Rita (Sept 2005). When I got back home to my reliable shop in Texas, they corrected the Mieneke screw-ups which included new calipers (twice), new lines, system flush and bleed, proportioning valve, and new pads. The rotors were put on by the thiefs in Miami, but my "good shop" guys verified that the rotors were installed properly and were OK.
  10. TrailLeadr

    TrailLeadr Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    keep us posted on your progress with this problem

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