Need some help with a brake problem – working on a 2005 GMC Envoy, 120,000 miles, disc brakes front and rear.
When I got out of the car after getting home from Red Power Round Up (110 miles) I smelled hot brakes, it was the driver side front. Brake was dragging enough to hold the car from moving on level ground when in ‘Drive’ and I had noticed that the car seemed a little ‘doggy’ during the drive home.
First thing I checked was to see if I had a collapsed/obstructed brake line that might be holding pressure in the caliper – cracked the bleeder valve and no pressure.
Pulled both sides, replaced brake pads (the ones I took off had very little wear) and was careful when re-assembling that the pads were not binding on the new stainless hardware that they ride on, also applied brake grease on sliding points.
I don’t drive this car often and usually less than 5 miles when I do. Took another trip this weekend, 60 miles, same thing, hot brake on driver side front but not as bad as before, not enough drag to hold car from moving on ‘Drive’ on level ground.
Took a 12 mile trip this morning, checked brakes when I got home, driver side front definitely hot, not enough drag to keep car from moving in ‘Drive’.
Should I just replace that caliper, brake hose and new pads both sides or is there something else I should look for.