AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2002
The reason for using the handbrake when approaching your driveway, is that you don’t want to come driving like crazy and slam the brakes right in your own driveway. What will the neighbours think, only a stupid bird take a **** in its own nest. The front brakes will probably be warm, and demisted. Whereas the rear might not be. Anyway letting the rearbrakes do all the final braking, might help. Just a theory.
Yes. EBD is supposedly allowing a higher hydraulic pressure to the rearbrakes, so it puzzles me too that they rust so soon.
Actually, The tyres get pretty hot when braking with or without ABS, so I gues that was the reason why they smoked liked that. The ABS was working indeed, with the buzzing feeling in the brakepedal. Besides it also depend on the actual tyre, some tyres squeal absurd when doing a little hard cornering, and others are extremely silent, even when sliding sideways. Anyway, I had a look afterwards, and found the car was fitted with Goodyear touring on 16 inch alloys. I cant remember the actual dimensions of the tyres, as I loaned the car for a few days for me to fit a leather upholstery.
But what amazes me is the fact that on my own 156 I use GoodYear F1 225/40 ZR18, and on my previous 155 I used the same tyres, except they were 225/35 ZR17. And none of them were the cheap Far East import ones. And the 156 doesn’t brake as well as the ol' 155, although the brakedisc's are of almost the same diameter!!
I have been told that the brakes on the 156 and the 147 are the same, so one doesn’t need special tool to change the brakepads, at least the front ones.
A nice weekend 2 U all.