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Driver Side Wheel is HOT!

Old  June 21st, 2008, 6:38 PM
Driver Side Wheel is HOT!

Good Evening!

Brand new to the forum but need help with a diagnosis on my baby! I have a 2003 Chevy 1500 (5.3L)Z-71. I just replaced all the brake pads all the way around since I had to goto GA for 2 months. I got down here without any problems, but took the truck out this afternoon and smelled that hot brake smell. I got pulled over and checked the fronts which I believe are fine but when i got to the driver side rear the rim, itwas very hot to the touch. I poured a little water on the wheel and watched it sizzle right off. Before I pull the rim off I wanted to know if anyone could give me a clue what to look for....


Old  June 21st, 2008, 10:00 PM
  • CF Monarch
    Join Date: Jul 2007
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    Princeton, NC, USA
RE: Driver Side Wheel is HOT!

Definately look for a stuck caliper pot.

Old  June 22nd, 2008, 10:33 PM
  • CF Active Member
    Join Date: Feb 2008
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RE: Driver Side Wheel is HOT!

I am old school,
does this model have disc brakes on rear?

if so then most probably a stuck or sticking caliper.

also could be a rubber brake line thathas collapsed inside hose, will allow fluid toflow to brake, but not return.

also could be a bad axle bearing

my money is on caliber as you have recently
worked on brakes, did you lube all slide shafts?

Good luck,

Old  June 23rd, 2008, 5:02 AM
  • CF Junior Member
    Join Date: May 2008
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    Amish Country (Middlefield, OH)
RE: Driver Side Wheel is HOT!

One other possibility is air in that line. Air can act like a spring and store compression in the piston. Did you bleed them when you replaced the pads?

Old  June 24th, 2008, 6:16 AM
RE: Driver Side Wheel is HOT!

Thanks Again!

I pulled everything apart and took a look and the ponly thing I could find was the rotors had a lip on the outside edge from rust and dirt that was chewing up the brake pads. I replaced the rotors and pads, checked the calipers and everything seems to be working fine now.

Old  June 28th, 2008, 9:44 AM
RE: Driver Side Wheel is HOT!

I had the same problem with my 2000 Z71.
Turns out dirt and water got into the caliper and it would stick.
I replaced both rear calipers and no problems since.

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