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    Hi, does anyone know what may be causing the right rear brake to drag/ bind? I can actually feel the car been slowed by it! It squeals as well and is driving the wife nuts and me. The car is an 05 vec c Sri 3.0ltr v6 cdti with rear discs, got 50 k miles and had a disc and pad change at a vauxhall garage at about 35 k. About 9 months ago I did notice that the handbrake came right up on me one morning when I tried to apply it! It had never done that before, now could something of snapped or broke and maybe causing the binding? The handbrake still works though, any ideas guys? Thanks tony

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    i'd be taking my rear wheels off

    check each caliper carefully and the handbrake cables aswell

    then i'd remove cap on brake fluid reservoir

    then remove pads, rewind the piston into the caliper with either a rewind tool... i have a laser one specifically for it, or use long nose pliers

    If your caliper is frozen, you will struggle to re-wind

    then if all well with rewind. replace the brake fluid reservoir cap

    then

    i'd replace pads with some copper grease on the surfaces that meet the caliper and refit caliper and go and test.

    the other thing that causes squealing are stones caught between the disc and dust shield

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    I would add a little to the good advice above.

    When you have rewound the caliper piston, press the foot pedal a fee times to push it back out BUT DON'T GO TOO FAR AND PUSH THE PISTON OUT OF THE BORE. The rewind it again. I would do that a couple of times on each side.
    Also clean and de-gunge the slider pins that you need to remove to get the caliper off. (7mm allen key)

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    Thanks very much for the advice guys! Appreciate that. Looks like the tools will have to come out this weekend then, I don't have a rewind tool so will have to use pliers. Never done it before on rewind callipers. Thanks guys. Tony.

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    http://www.impresstools.com/Product-...le-shopping-UK

    this is the one i got

    but mine off ebay

    i got for £30

    best money spent in a while as it makes the job 2 mins to rewind if that. much easier in the cold weather than pliers

    cheers

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    Thank you sir! Your a gent.

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    Was getting a slight dragging on mine too, and last week stripped it back to see where the problem lay. I noticed that even though I had cleaned out the rubber slide runners that the slides were still very stiff when I tried to replace them. On closer inspection I noticed the inside looked lumpy so I removed the rubber slide runners to find that there was a build up of corrosion between the rubber and the place on the caliper where it is housed. I removed the corrosion with some rolled up sandpaper, replaced everything and the slides now slide in the runners.
    Now if only I can get the damn pads to stop rattling

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    Not sure of the vec is like the mk4 astras but thier was a load bias spring on them that used to seize, a few wiggles (thats the technical name) with some mole grips and a spray of grease woudl see it good till the next winter.

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    Thanks guys will look out for that when I get them stripped down.

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