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#1 moods

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 08:29 PM

Hi all, can anyone explain to me why my brakes stick on after washing my car when left overnight??? oh car is 2.0 titanium auto

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#2 btmaldon

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 08:43 PM

Just about every car I have owned with rear disc brakes did it. Even brand new ones. The discs oxidise really quickly, especially after a wash and the pads stick to the newly formed surface of rust. I always leave it in gear with the handbrake off after washing to avoid it happening.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 08:43 PM

Caliper is siezed.

Used to happen on the rear brakes on my MK2

Asked Ford about it every time it went in for a service and the denied all knowledge

After the warranty was up, I took it to a local garage and he spotted it straight away

He stripped the unit down, greased it all up and stuck it back together
- Didn't cost much. Don't know exactly how much, as it was part of a full service

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:39 PM

Hi all, can anyone explain to me why my brakes stick on after washing my car when left overnight??? oh car is 2.0 titanium auto

Take it for a quick spin to dry the brakes before leaving overnight.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 02:20 AM

Hi all, can anyone explain to me why my brakes stick on after washing my car when left overnight??? oh car is 2.0 titanium auto

If I jet wash car my brakes stick on ao tend to leave it in gear with hand brake off ! If I hose the car I have no issues so it must be pressure of water getting in the drums ?

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 06:03 AM

Just about every car I have owned with rear disc brakes did it. Even brand new ones. The discs oxidise really quickly, especially after a wash and the pads stick to the newly formed surface of rust.



100% agree with that, although I just take for a short run around the block to dry the brakes off - gets the water out of the shut lines on the car too :)

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:10 AM

A few months back after washing my car with the pressure washer, and leaving overnight, my rear brake on the offside was so stuck I had to call out the RAC!! I tried rocking the car and pulling forward but it was stuck solid. The RAC got it going by taking the alloy off and tapping the drum with a hammer. I have since had them serviced but it happened the other week. This time I was able to pull away. I think I'll take the car for a spin after washing and park without the handbrake off but in gear. It only seems to happen on the offside as the road has a bad camber.

I did notice this happening slightly in the winter too when there is a lot of dew about.

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