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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 17-11-2016, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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Rear brakes dragging, warranty claim?

If I use the handbrake when stationary after some driving through rush hour traffic, the brakes seem to be dragging when moving off, resistance combined with a groaning noise. Could this just be a handbrake cable in need of tightening or more to do with the brakes being hot? Would this be seen as a wear and tear issue therefore not eligible for warranty repair? Don't particularly want to get stung via the whole replace the discs and pads routine.

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Could be the hill hold?, i know it sounds strange but my seat does the same thing sometimes on flat road and inclines were i dont take the revs high enough when i set off and i can hear the brakes still holding the car
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I am also going for the hill start "feature"..

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Hill Start Assist does make that noise, but only operates on a reasonable incline. If it'son the flat, then it could be that the discs are hot (not very likely in this weather) or one or both of the calipers might be sticking.

The handbrake is automatically adjusted by sprung ratchet pistons inside the hydraulic pistons on the rear calipers - as the pads wear the adjusters gradually click outwards along the ratchet when the handbrake is applied to keep the distance between the disc and pad constant. The adjuster on the handbrake (on top of the mechanism onside the centre console) is only used to remove slack from the cable/reduce the pull height of the lever as the cable stretches over time. I can't imagine that would cause the rear calipers to drag unless it's been adjusted recently and overtightened (you would know this as the lever wouldn't come up very far).
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After that very useful information I reckon it's either the calipers sticking or some kind of conflict between the handbrake and hillstart as I understand this is only activated by the foot brake, perhaps when I use the handbrake it still activates to some extent due to coming to a stand with the footbrake, even on a very slight incline. Very disconcerning sometimes how much effort/revs required to move away.

I have used the footbrake only for today's journey home through an hour of London standstill traffic and no issues other than squeaking due to heat from the front pads.

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I get a hollow sort of sound when I reverse slowly and then apply the breaks, I put it down to break dust, but its still the same even after washing out the calipers and pads with brake cleaner.

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