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Join Date: May 2008
Location: United Kingdom
County: Perth and Kinross
Yep. Watch applying the handbrake after 'using' the brakes as well, as it's the rear pads that operate the handbrake on these Alfas, not a secondary pad/shoe system a-la some GMs, BMWs etc.
Also, if there's a disk binding following the change, it'll be getting excessively hot, but you'll probably have smelt it.
I've heard of a de-warping procedure - brake hard from 70(+) a few times, then allow the brakes to cool without using them. Never tried it, and you'll obviously need a very quiet road or a track to do it on... Or you could have them skimmed, but that would probably cost more than new disks.
If there's a build-up on the pads, it should be possible to remove them and clean them off (carefully).