2005 Malibu Maxx/ Brakes sticking ?

Asked by Ssandrajdayton Jun 13, 2018 at 07:14 PM about the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu LT FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Just bought a used 2005 Malibu Maxx w/ 130,000
miles. Car ran great for 3 days then today car
seemed to be dragging & I smelled something
getting very hot.  Then the car stated shaking &
jerking really bad & didn't want to go. Left front
wheel so hot you could feel heat from 6in away. I
know the break pads & rotor are fine. Does this
sound like the problem with the hose feeding the
breaks fluid.

1 Answer


Yes it could, unless it's braided line. But if its black/rubber to look at then it has a really smalll fluid passage and over time you can get inner deterioration and the wall breaks down. It sort of makes a valve which doesn't release the pressure. You could try just taking off the brake caliper...2 bolts usually and have someone pump the brake pedal slowly one at a time on your count. You should see both pistons move out a bit. If not clamp the one that moves and try and pump out the jammed one to clean the piston. Don't pump it out too much or the piston will pop out! and you will have to bleed the fluid all through. No more than a cm. If it's really jammed then the fun begins....

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