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Dragging brakes? Making me mad!

I first started to notice this awhile back. Went to leave from a Wal-Mart parking lot that was icey and I just sat there and spun. I had to put in in 4x4 to get it to move! The other day I jacked up the front end and the wheels turned hard, no free-wheeling at all. I know...it's also turning the 4x4 stuff in the front end but still, the wheels turned hard.

I just had a brake job done not that long ago. Any tricks to free things up alittle? This might be part of my poor MPG situation.
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I just had that problem, they greased the "pins" in the caliper
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I've seen front brake hoses cause this too. I'd grease the pins FIRST.

Flex hoses break down inside and act like a check valve.

Best way to confirm this is remove each caliper and press the piston back in. It normally takes "some" force to retract it but if it feels excessive, crack the bleeder to see how much easier it gets. If it's WAY easier to retract the piston with the bleeder cracked open, chances are the flex line is bad.
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Did you have the master cylinder replaced? If you did sometimes the bleed off hole in the master cylinder gets covered by an incorrect instalation and the line pressure won't bleed off. If just the front brakes are draging it could be a bad master cylinder. A way to see if the master cylinder link is wrong is to loosen the nuts holding the master cyl. about 1/8" and if the brakes free up you found the problem.

If the caliper pins are sticking you can hit the caliper with a dead blow hammer on the top and if the wheel turns free then you need to lube the pins as mentioned before.

Try to find the problem before you repair everything looking for the problem.
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Thanks guys...I will do so. It's been so darn cold with lots of ice/snow I have been running in 4x4 mode for the last few days. Hopefully alittle grease will fix her.
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