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Old 06-27-2015, 10:45 PM   #1
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2006 GT Powerstop Brake Problems

Good evening guys, I just today installed new rear Rotors and pads on my 2006 GT.
I used Powerstop drilled and slotted rotors and their evolution ceramic pads.

I rented the special tool from AutoZone for the caliper piston and turned it until it would not turn anymore so I am 99% sure it is fully retracted.

The car feels like it decelerates faster than normal when I let off the gas or is under resistance from the brakes like they may be dragging.

I am getting a burning smell from the pads, but I read on powerstop's website that is
very common and is just the coating on the pads during "break in".

There is a decent amount of heat coming from the rear brakes as well.

What would be causing this resistance/dragging? The rotors? Or the pads?

I do not want to screw up the car or roast the brake components. I have ready many conflicting things about Powerstop and have seen some others with similar issues but no fixes as of yet.

NOTE: I just realized I put this under the V6 category, if a moderator could move it to the appropriate category I would appreciate it!

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Your piston could be stuck. Is it on both sides or one?
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Your piston could be stuck. Is it on both sides or one?
The driver's side is giving off more heat than the passenger side. So It could be the driver's side.

How do I test the theory of the piston being stuck?
And what is the fix for that? A whole new caliper?

And it has never done this before I just changed the pads and rotors.

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Sometimes, they go bad whenever you depress the piston back in. Did you do the break in procedure?!

And yes, way to fix a sticking caliber is buying a new one
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do I have to bleed the system if I replace just one caliper?

any other ideas of what could be causing this problem other than the caliper, before I just replace it?
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is there a write up and procedure for caliper replacement and bleeding?
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You'll need a partner to help

1, remove the caliper, if possible, pinch the hose going to caliper to prevent air getting entirely into the system.

2 replace caliper, and hose

3. pump up brakes, check fluid level, then have a partner pump and hold brakes as you open, then you close and they pump and hold again
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Is there ANYTHING else it could be before I go replacing the caliper?
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Jack up the rear of the car and put it it in neutral.
Turn the rear wheels one at a time by hand.
If anything is dragging you'll know right away.
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The power stop brake pads are notorious for sucking.


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Fabman, thank you for the suggestion I will definitely try this.

Soccerluvr4, I have read mixed reviews about the pads some say their amazing and love them and others not so much. either way I do not think it depends on what is causing the problem.
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Fabman, thank you for the suggestion I will definitely try this.

Soccerluvr4, I have read mixed reviews about the pads some say their amazing and love them and others not so much. either way I do not think it depends on what is causing the problem.
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I spun the wheel by hand and I do feel a VERY faint dragging. Should I hear absolutely no dragging? Or is a small amount normal?

I also realized that the nub on the back of the pad was not aligned with the hole on the piston. Could this cause drag?
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I spun the wheel by hand and I do feel a VERY faint dragging. Should I hear absolutely no dragging? Or is a small amount normal?

I also realized that the nub on the back of the pad was not aligned with the hole on the piston. Could this cause drag?
Line it up and let it go...you're fine.
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