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Caliper sticking

I have a 1987 Escort (only 42K ) that had worn the pads on the front left caliper all the way down to the metal and eventually one pad fell off . Upon trying to push back the piston, I cracked it and ended up replacing the entire caliper & rotor. Now the new caliper does not release the rotor all the way. It is impossible to turn by hand but it is drivable and the pressure normalizes overnight. I did bleed the caliper, not the whole system. After modeate driving the disc gets pretty hot. I eventually changed the caliper again and have the same problem. If I open the bleed valve a little fluid shoots out and the rotor is free. What could I be doing wrong? I have done this on several other vehicles without incident.
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Re: Caliper sticking

Take the caliper off the wheel and press the brake. If the caliper doesn't retract all the way then take it back to the store. If you can't take it back, then try replacing the caliper on the other wheel as well. If you notice it pulling a bit to one side when you brake, a new caliper will also remedy that.

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