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    I've noticed what feels like the rear calipers binding after the handbrake has been applied, particularly when backing out of my drive, it feels like the rears are on ever so slightly, so much so it doesn't always roll out of my drive, plus the build up of brake dust on my rear alloys rather than the fronts as you would normally expect.

    This morning felt particularly bad, I could feel the car load up on the rears a few times, like the handbrake was on, I did try applying and releasing a few times, even did an emergency stop to try and get the brakes full compressed but that didn't appear to work, though after sitting on the M4 in <5mph traffic eventually it felt like it had cleared, or maybe I was used to it.

    Another indicator is my fuel economy is only 35.1 mpg.

    To me though, this does not sound like a handbrake failure, or part of the recall, as that is about failure is it not? whereas it just seems mine is releasing properly.

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    Sounds like one (or both) of your calipers has seized.

    Get them stripped down and remove the rubber sleeve the slider goes into. The caliper corrodes tightening up on the slides thus causing the brakes to bind.

    At worst you'll need a couple of recon calipers

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    Quote Originally Posted by john.robertson2 View Post
    Sounds like one (or both) of your calipers has seized
    Get them stripped down
    Before you do that, have the issue investigated
    First thing is to get the rear on a ramp and test both the handbrake and foot brake
    A visual inspection of the brake pads will also confirm whether the issue is the caliper or handbrake
    If two pads are worn on one side, it is that specific caliper
    If it is both inside pads, it is the handbrake

    I would also be concerned about excessive brake dust on the rears, compared to the front
    What type of pads have been fitted in the past?

    Equally, lifespan of rear pads is not very long, compared to front pads
    Even if only half worn they can be dreadful and a new set can solve a simple problem like this

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    Thanks, I'm going to book in for a camber change this weekend so might try and get them to look at this then too.

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    Had the same issue with mine ended up with both callipers being replaced

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    Quote Originally Posted by signumboy View Post
    Had the same issue with mine ended up with both callipers being replaced
    Was it pricey? Mind you, I do have a warranty, so if I can find an approved garage that is convenient to work or home then I could just use that

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    Recon calipers are about 50 quid a side and i'd be reckoning on having to fit new pads and discs too plus maybe and hour or so for labour

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    Quote Originally Posted by krisby View Post
    Was it pricey? Mind you, I do have a warranty, so if I can find an approved garage that is convenient to work or home then I could just use that
    As John says think i paid garage £90 + rip off tax and an hours labour that was for one side were meant to do both but could only get one calliper so i ended up getting one from dealers for a little over £60 and fitted it myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by krisby View Post
    Thanks, I'm going to book in for a camber change this weekend so might try and get them to look at this then too.
    I would suggest you have this inspection done before the camber change
    If the camber change is performed first then it might be a waste of time and money as the brake assembly is stripped down later thus throwing the camber out again (components disconnected then reconnected for ease of access)

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