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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
Re: Front brake(s) binding
Have a look at the sliding pins that hold the caliper body to the bracket that attaches it to the hub. These are covered by rubber bellows. If you get water under the bellows the pins will seize and the caliper won't be able to move freely relative to the bracket. It needs a bit of slack to move the pad away from the disc.
Another contender is that the pads may be jammed in that frame bracket. If the ends rust the metal expands and the pad jams in its slots, so even if the caliper is working fine, the brake pad may still be stuck against the disc face.
Don't worry about the G-clamp breaking - the caliper is quite hard too shift. A pukka caliper winding tool will push it back. If it is seized a bit (remove the master cylinder lid first) the a good workout with the tool will free it up.
Finally, the hoses could be falling apart internally, so new hoses will sort that. Take care with the bolt connecting the flexy hose to the brake pipe in the wheel arch. It'll be rusted solid to buggeration obviously. Use the best 11mm spanner you have on it, to reduce the risk of rounding it off.
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