Are my brakes OK?
I've just swapped my 1999 1.8TS 156 (solid discs) for a 2002 2.0JTS (ventilated discs).
The car was second hand and was probably standing unused for about six months before I bought it.
When I first picked it up, I thought that the brakes were poor (they didn't have the same strong initial bite as my 1.8), but they've got much better with use and are now perfectly fine most of the time.
Just occasionally though, I have a problem that I didn't experience in my 1.8.
On two or three occasions, when braking from high speed (70mph), I've realised that I've underestimated my braking and I need to increase the braking power (such as when approaching a roundabout on a high-speed dual carriageway). I then press harder on the pedal, but the braking effect does not get any better. So far, I've got away with it, but I'm worried that there's something wrong.
What would it feel like if a caliper was siezed or partially siezed?
It seems strange that things are OK most of the time, its just when I need maximum braking effort that the extra pressure on the pedal doesn't seem to do anything.
If I stamp on the pedal to trigger the "emergency brake assist" the car stops very quickly indeed, (and it stops straight without any pulling) so I didn't think that I could have a siezed or partially siezed caliper pot.
Has anyone else experienced this and how would I tell what could cause this effect?
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