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    Hey, think I have a front caliper sticking as a can hear it squeal until I hit brakes and it clears. Any quick fixes apart from new caliper?

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    Push the piston back in, copper grease the side and back of the pads, obviously not the disc side, and generally a good clean up.

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    me being basic mechanic, is there a how2?

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    Squealing brakes are often caused by missing Anti Squeal shims behind the brake pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben50n View Post
    Squealing brakes are often caused by missing Anti Squeal shims behind the brake pads.
    Ok will check

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    As a matter of interest, have the brake pads been changed lately? Also if you do not use your car for a few days, you do get a build up of rust on the disc faces, which clean off the first time you brake.

    Sorry may be stating the obvious...

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    To check there really seizing, from cold go for a few min drive with minimal breaking then pull over and check your discs for heat... One you lose your finger prints to is seizing

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    Quote Originally Posted by leemarksmith View Post
    To check there really seizing, from cold go for a few min drive with minimal breaking then pull over and check your discs for heat... One you lose your finger prints to is seizing
    Another heat check option is to spit on the disc...less painfull

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    Easy to free off. Follow the how to for changing the pads... But instead of replacing them you are just freeing them off. I had an issue with a rear one recently. I wire brished it, break cleaned it and used white crease when winding it back. loads of copper crease on the pads (not the break disk side) and it has been great ever since.

    The rubber gater arround the piston had perished at trhe base so I'm looking at a new caliper at some point soon

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    Can the handbrake cause binding, just remembered I've had to unhook it from the near side due to this, don't know wethere it needs a new handbrake cable or the spring mech is dodgey, although it feels free?

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