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Candy ass miata man
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Okay so I just recently put pads and rotors on my car. 1000-1700 miles ago. Never had any issues and as I was driving home today I stopped at a stop sign and turned, very normal driving and when I went to turn or a few feet after I dont remember my wheel was all hard to turn and was turned to 2 oclock and I was going straight...so I was like wtf? And then I smelled burning and realized it felt like I was pushing my car to move....well my driver side brake must have been jammed and when I got to my house it was smoking and looks like the pad MAY be melted a little idk.

How could that even happen?
 

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Caliper seized up? That sounds weird being so sudden like that. You may have been on the receiving end of a part failure at just the right time or it could have been a freak incidence. Is it still frozen like that?
 

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You should take the pads out and try to compress the piston.. if its really hard to compress in then u have a frozen caliper... just a thought...
 

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Just a thought, if you have old rubber lines the action of having your calipers off to replace the pads could have caused some deteriorated brake line material to break loose and lodge itself in the caliper. I'd suspect the banjo bolt (bolt with small hole drilled in the side of it) which connects the brake line to the caliper. There's a lot more pressure going into the caliper than coming out so with that hole in the side of the bolt being as small as it is that's prolly where it's at. Or it could be a frozen caliper. Consider all possibilities.
 

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My rear driver side locked up one day going to work. It was completely out of the blue. It ended up letting go while I was at work and it would only lock up for a few seconds on a hot day after I had the car parked somewhere, handbrake on. I chalked it up to the handbrake not releasing completely, but I got new calipers less than a month later so idk if the problem would have persisted.
Was it the rear or front that was jammed?
 

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Candy ass miata man
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Front.

I just took my wheel off....and I could actually spin the wheel 100% effortlessly which was weird so it must have retracted the piston over night? Idk if thats possible? But that was weird figured it woulda been hard to move.

I took everything off, sliders slide well, piston looked to be retracted the whole way. Brake fluid was dirty but thats nothing new.

So I am thinking on new caliper + rebleeding entire brake system with all fresh new fluid?
 

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You technically do not need a new bracket. Most places sell the caliper/bracket as a unit. You can always just change out the caliper and not the bracket.
 

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Yeah id recomend replacing the caliper and bracket isnt necessary since u can use the same one.. But bleeding the system is a good idea specially if u wanna do a complete flush and get new fluid in there..
 
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