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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-10-2019, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question: emergency brake siezure

Just took my ‘03 Duramax in to a shop with a good reputation to have them replaceall brakes, wheel seals, etc., as I did not have time to do it myself and I live in the mountains and it needed done ASAP. 2nd time driving it after getting it back from them I was hauling a trailer and as I was coming off the mountain, winding in and out, I heard a grinding sound which of course concerned me. Couldn’t pull over there though so just slowed it wayyy down and no sooner than I hit the flat land at the bottom of the mountain and my drivers’ side rear wheel locked up. Thankfully I was only going about 15mph, but it jackknifed me pretty bad and almost flipped the truck. Anyways. I called the shop as my first thought was that one of the calipers had failed-or that they hadn’t tighted all the bolts down well—I am not some educated mechanic so was hoping to give them the benefit of the doubt. They came and got it, looked at said that the energency brake had engaged, locking up the back end and subsequently causing the brake calipers to melt. They say this is not their fault, and I will have to pay for everything—about 3-5k just for parts and labor, and that doesn’t even cover the body damage. Just, what?! Does this not make sense to anyone else?? Isn’t it more likely that they over tightened the emergency brake and are not admitting to it? We are talking about a truck I have not had issues with the emergency brake, it’s bot cold/frozen/rusty/nasty, and I had only driven about 30 miles since getting the truck back from the shop!

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Edit: also had them replace all the brake calipers.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-10-2019, 09:56 PM
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Almost sounds like a piston or caliper locked up. If the parking brake had locked up you should have felt the drag on the truck which would have had to been going on awhile to melt the calipers.

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