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#1 wideawakewesley

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:38 AM

Hoping someone can help. In the last week I've had a new fuel filter (it was blocked causing low fuel pressure and engine systems fault) and a new injector (it was leaking a lot of diesel) fitted on my 56 plate 1.8 TDCi. Since getting the car back on Tuesday, the car feels like it's driving ok, but has been giving off a burning smell near the rear drivers side wheel. Can't be sure that's exactly where it's coming from, but it's in that general area. My immediate thought was something to do with the brakes, but it seems far too co-incidental that it's just come back from repair and I've read elsewhere people suggesting it could be burning soot deposits? Having just forked out a small fortune, I'd rather not take it back to the garage. Thoughts?

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:15 AM

could be the brakes seized on. If possible, if you have a car park at work, drive around the car park slowly (after car parked up and gone cold) and do not use the brakes if possible. just do a lap or two, then let the car roll to a halt. Check the disks for heat.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:24 AM

Typically, my wife has the car today, but I'll do a similar check as soon as I can. Cheers!

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:32 AM

After driving it this morning, I don't think I need to do any further testing. I had smoke coming off the drivers side rear brake. It must be intermittent though, but I guess it's off to the garage. Can't believe this has all happened in a two week period. Can it be anything other than the caliper now? If it is that, can it be repaired or do they need to replace both rear calipers or just the malfunctioning one?



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:50 AM

Has any of the diesel leak been passed around the underside of the car? when i had my first injector leaking it had some how covered nearly everything underneath up to the rear suspension parts (after a few motorway journeys). you might want to give the underside a good jet wash before sending it off to the garage, and also check the brake fluid to see if its disappearing after topping it up.



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:57 AM

sounds like it could be the caliper, or more likely a stuck piston. it definately needs the garage if they did the work, they should fix it for you



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:25 AM

The main dealer did the work on the fuel filter and injector, was planning on taking it somewhere cheaper for this.



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:31 AM

A sticking handbrake cable could be the culprit

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:38 AM

If it was the handbrake cable, wouldn't it effect both sides or does that only work on one side (I know sod all about this kind of thing)?



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:44 AM

If it was the handbrake cable, wouldn't it effect both sides or does that only work on one side (I know sod all about this kind of thing)?


No it could affect one side, it splits into 2 cables under the car. So it's quite possible that it's seized on one side.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:04 AM

Cheers, I'll make sure they check for that.



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:44 PM

Garage reporting the caliper has completely ceased up and needs a replacement, I asked if it could be fixed rather than replaced, got a definitive no on that. Thankfully the brake disc and pad are ok.



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:20 PM

hopefully not an overly expensive repair?

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 05:20 PM

I had a seized caliber on a Laguna once. I was told that it *could* be unseized and greased, but it would probably go again within a few months. I got a second hand one for £30 and a mechanic mate fitted it for a tenner. Iit was fine.

Note that the disc and /or pads may be damaged from the heat so may need replacing too - especially if you have driven a long distance, or at high speed.

(Mine was stuck off rather than stuck on, so the disc and pads were fine)

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:42 AM

Further concerns. So there's a new calliper on now (I was told the pads and discs were ok), however, I'm definitely getting more heat in that disc that the other side. I took the car round the car park a few times from cold without using the brakes and there was slight warmth in the one with the new calliper on. The other one was cold,  so something is rubbing. Can't decide whether to take it back to the garage for more work and more money or keep driving it, hope that it eases off.

 

Haven't had a chance to go any serious distance in it yet, but have a 2hr motorway journey at the weekend.

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