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    Pulled away today and had a creaking/groaning noise from the N/S wheel like the brake was binding.
    Only happens when pulling away or turning right at low speeds.
    Took the wheel off (which was black with brake dust) and the disc was very warm (much warmer than O/S) and the pads were twice as worn as the other side so its definately binding.

    I pressed the brake pedal to push the piston out as much as I dared, removed the dust cover, cleaned up the piston and greased it. Cleaned the carrier, cleaned and greased the slides then worked the piston in and out. Its moving freely and wind back with ease but on refitting, the brakes are still binding? All I need to do to to free it off is tap the caliper with my fist???

    Now the pads I took out were worn unveven, ie, the top or the outside pad was worn and the bottom of the inside pad was worn as if the caliper was twisting under braking?

    Could it be the rubber slides at fault? Perhaps wear inside them causing the caliper to twist under pressure?

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    Is the handbrake return spring in place and is it pulling the lever fully back when the handbrake is released. I had this on mine when I first got the car and the h/brake lever mechanism was partially seized and would not allow the handbrake release lever to return fully to the off position - as a temporary measure I fitted a stronger return spring and that cured it but I eventually replaced the caliper as I couldn't get get into it to free the mechanism off.

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    The handbrake is really tight, 3 or 4 clicks.

    The other side is free enough but worth checking. Thanks.

    Thing is though, when the rear is up on axle stands and I pump the pedal, the caliper sticks until I tap it then it frees off. I dont have to pull the handbrake to get it to seize on, just have to pump the pedal which is leading me to believe theres a fault with the slides.

    As usual, ****** all is open today and Im off on a 250 mile journey tomorrow so something will have to be done today.
    Im going to swap the slides with the other side and see it I can get it to bind, if so, there lie the problem. If not, then Ill remove the piston and clean the seals then re-bleed
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    When you cleaned the slides did you clean out the rubber slide carriers? If so did you check the slides move freely in the rubber slide carriers before refitting them? The reason I ask is that corrosion can build up underneath the rubber slide carriers. Just push them out with the aid of a small screwdriver. Then take a piece of sandpaper, roll it up and use that to clean out the area under the slide carrier. Put some copper grease around the aluminum hole and refit the rubber slide carrier, then try the slides for freeness before remounting the caliper.

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    yes I removed the slides completely from the caliper, cleaned and refitted.
    I swapped them over (top to bottom) just to see if that made a difference but ,no.

    The caliper was very loose when refitted, lots of play between the slides and sliding bolts which is why Im swaying to think that the rubber slides themselves are worn

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    Does it free off if you clamp the pipe an release the nipple?

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    not tried that yet as Ive not had anyone to help re-bleed. Would that indicate a colapsed flexi?

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    Yeah
    mad long as its clamped it should be ok an not need bleeding

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    Not much help to you today and I don't know how you feel about aftermarket parts but if the worse comes to the worse and you do eventually need to replace the caliper have a look at these - aftermarket parts but a friend of mine bought these and was very pleased with them http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUXHALL-V...item20bf6ddd1f - I have no connection with the business but have recently had driveshafts off them and they were delivered next day and were top quality parts and the seller was very helpful when I spoke to them
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