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Help Squeak!

Hi all

Got a small (hopefully!) problem with my 2003 147.

After about 5 miles of driving, a squeak can be heard from the rear passenger side. When I brake it goes, until I accelerate again.

It's not there all the time, though. It sometimes disappears for a mile or so before doing it again.

Think the problem started at the back end of last week - although may have been a bit earlier - I must remember to turn my music down every now and then!

Cheers for any advice
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Re: Squeak!

stuck brake caliper... quite a common wee problem but thankfully easy to sort.
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Re: Squeak!

Cheers for that.

Is it something that will cause major damage if not fixed straight away? It's booked in for a service at the end of May anyway.

Do you reckon it's best to get is sorted before that?

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Or just needs new pads - maybe a bit of metal to metal contact between the back plate and the wear lip around the edge of the disk.
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Re: Squeak!

Sounds like a stick brake calliper right enough. At it's current level it is annoying but any worse then the brake pads will start to wear down faster and the brake will get quite hot. You could end up cooking it.

Keep and eye (or ear) on it and check it doesn't get squeakier. after a drive, feel the wheel and see if it is hotter on that side. If it is, time to get it sorted.

That is you paranoid for the next month
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Re: Squeak!

Cheers for the help and advice.

On looking through the forum this seems to be quite a popular fault!

Might just call in to the garage on my way home tomorrow....

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Re: Squeak!

You are correct, ours does it sometimes, sometimes not! In spite of my regular bleeding of the system, and general attention to the brakes.: I have managed to get rid of it with just a forceful waggling of the calipers, with the rear wheels off, and by applying the handbrake a number of times. When it is too persistent, I remove the pads, make sure the handbrake cable effort is totally free,( not with the pads removed though!) then retract the pistons with the appropriate tool, check and replace the pads with a smidgen of anti-seize grease.:
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