After getting wet and then sitting overnight my rear brakes stick hard
when first used. The pretty much lock up even with the slightest
pedal pressure. Using just the e-brake shakes the whole truck. After
a minute or so of repeated braking they seem to dry off and start
working. This is very dangerous on ice or if anyone is behind me.
This is also a major pain when I tow.
I had a similar problem on my '86 1500 Suburban and was told the
problem was becauase somehow the shoes got oil on them. My 2500 shoes
and drums are brand new.
Any ideas on what the issue is and how to resolve?
It's called flash rust and is a common problem with a lot of vehicles.
The brakes are warm/dry when you park. The moisture in the air condenses
on the nice clean bare iron surface as they cool down. You get almost
With ABS it makes it worse because the brakes grab a bit and cause the
ABS to activate.
Two solutions. USE a better drum/rotor. The higher end ones use a better
grade of iron that doesn't rust as fast.
Replace the shoes with either a ceramic or carbon fiber type. They will
scrub the drum clean in less time.
The easy thing to do is to GENTLY ride the brake after you start out if
you had the correct conditions the night before.
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