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My car is brake bound
« on: April 23, 2018, 09:57:26 am »
I think it ate too many brakes.

I have my lovely 2001 E46 325i auto car with doors and everything. Saturday I come to use it after a week or so of no use and it didn't roll backwards in R for reverse. So I added a small amount of throttle and it unstuck and went. I hadn't left handbrake on so I thought "oh."

Then as I trundled down my road with trees and everything I could hear a clunk clunk in time with wheel revolution (it has wheels too). And when I depressed the brake pedal it pulsed back at me and wobbled to a halt.

As I was insistent upon using the car that day I decided it might be pad stuck on disc and left deposits or whatnot. So I did some gradually higher speed braking in a safe environment (padded cell) and it got a lot better.

Anyway I then went about my business of helping people and rescuing them from wells. When I returned home my rear nearside wheel was toasty.

My diagnosis murder is a binding caliper (I think it had that problem on other side before I got it), and I'm edging towards investigating it myself, however as I need car soon for a trip I'm taking it to my local bmw specialists on the morrow. If they say it just needs a caliper refurb and the disc is OK then I may do it myself... but as I used it for a while I'm thinking the disc is probably pooped too if there have been deposits. And i'm less eager to start hammering at corroded discs.

Anyway yeah it's a whine as I managed to also have my bike temporarily off the road as I await my MOT appointment! And now I'm waiting for my brother to pick me up and his driving I put it to you is... aggressive. And off we will go north to the grey middle lands for a day of despair.

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Re: My car is brake bound
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2018, 12:35:42 pm »
Are any of the local kids missing?

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Re: My car is brake bound
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2018, 01:45:50 pm »
I had the front near side caliper on my 911 binding the agent just repaired the caliper no damage to the disk.
Many years ago during a rally my navigator got a junction wrong, when I reversed I saw clouds of smoke from the front of the car. The disks were glowing a nice cherry red so I don't think you will have a problem with the disk.

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Re: My car is brake bound
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2018, 07:01:56 pm »
I hope you sacked him. The nav that is. A driver's mistake costs him a place, the navigator's mistake costs him ten!

Our cars only worried us if the discs weren't glowing red at a control. The driver got a severe thrashing if they were only a dull red and a grudging nod if they were almost white  ;D

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Re: My car is brake bound
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2018, 06:45:48 pm »
E46's are prone to brake binding, I used to use mine every Sunday to keep the battery charged and the brakes free, even so I ended up having to have 3 new calipers (2 front and 1 rear)
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Re: My car is brake bound
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2018, 06:57:53 pm »
And we think our bikes have their foibles... ::)