Jul 192015
 

I recently had the outer tie rod ends replaced, and the front brakes done, pads & rotors. After I left the shop I drove about 7 – 10 miles away. And I noticed an odd burning smell, which I knew wasn’t oil, but I didn’t know what it was. I drove back to the shop, the smell now much worse and smoke coming from the left front corner panel area. A tech came out and said “you have a frozen caliper.” I said how can this be? You folks just installed new front brakes. How could you miss a frozen caliper? So, I waited 2 – 3 more hours while they did “something” at no charge. Anyway 2 more visits at no charge and on the last one the invoice said could not duplicate problem. No charge I go home. A day later it happens again. I take it back they keep it, the next day they tell me it’s holes in the brakeline causing the prob. They replace (I think) the bakelines for $100.00 instead of $175.00 Now it works fine. Will holes in brakeline cause caliper to freeze?

  One Response to “2002 Lincoln Continental”

  1. A collapsed caliper hose can act the same as a frozen caliper. This is a common mistake made by many mechanics. A hole in the hose would cause your brake pedal to go to the floor and not want to stop very easy. Would also leave fluid on the ground.

    It may have been an unwanted ordeal but in the end it sounds like you only had to pay for what you needed and the shop ate all the extra labor involved.

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