Having problems with your 1999 Saab 9-5 ?
Brake problem! Front brakes are grabbing when the brake pedal is not depressed ... Gets worse the further you drive and along with a burning brake smell ... Thanks!
Sometimes a caliper can stick, making that brake be engaged all of the time. The reason it will get worse as you drive (and the burning smell) is because of friction that is created. You need to start by finding out which side the caliper is locked up on, and replace it. Usually it is only held on by two bolts. Since you have been driving around on it that way, you will need to replace the brake pads on both sides, and the rotor on the side that is locked up (although it's best to do those in pairs too). When you get the new caliper installed, you have to bleed the new caliper by having someone push the brake pedal as you slightly unscrew the bleeder valve on the caliper. You should use a small hose connected to the bleeder valve and submerged in a small glass container of brake fluid so that you can watch for air bubbles. When the fluid and air stops coming out, tighten the valve, have the assistant release the brake pedal, and repeat until no more air comes out. Don't forget to keep the master cylinder under the hood full of brake fluid.
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