I've just been for a rather concerning drive to the shops and back. I've not driven the car (1999 156 2.5) since this time last week and that was an equally short journey (5 mins or so); before that I'd come 110 miles down the motorway and had been using it more or less daily.
When I went to move off after starting the car, it needed a lot more clutch than usual to get it moving. At first I thought I'd left the handbrake on, or that it wasn't quite in gear, but neither was the case. Gave it a bit more welly and it 'clunked' forward with a noise of something breaking, like something had given way to allow the wheel to turn.
At first I thought I'd run over something or the tyre had given up or something, so immediately stopped having moved about 2 feet and had a look round - all seemed to be well though. My thoughts now were that the brakes had seized, and as I drove a couple of yards out of my parking space it felt as if the brakes were dragging, with an accompanying rubbing noise. Stopped again and had a look and saw some black deposits on the front brake discs, including some circumferential lines and what looked like the outline of the brake pad.
I figured maybe the brakes had seized up somehow so stamped on them a few times down the car park to clean them up a bit. First time I did this the ABS kicked in really easily, after that they seemed OK and the car would stop fine.
All the way to the shops and back though the car felt a bit sluggish, always needing similar amounts of extra clutch and power to move off as it had when I left my space. When I opened the window there was no rubbing sound, although I think I did smell a faint burning smell - could have been nothing though as I was kind of looking for the smell of cooked brakes.
The brakes stop the car fine then, but it feels as if they're dragging as I drive. What could this be, seized calipers? Crud on the brake discs sticking the pads to the disc? I don't get how something like this can happen with the car just standing for a week, when it was just fine before
Your help and opinions please! Thank you