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Sticking Front Brake

Hi - can anyone help, I have just bought a 51 reg 3.0 GTV and have noticed the brake pad light flashing ever so slightly, I got it looked at and was advised that although they are worn, there is more than enough on them.
Having just come back from a drive, I have noticed that the light was flashing more than usual, and a smell coming from the brakes which felt very hot on one side.
I have made an assumption that it must be sticking on one side but am unsure how to cure it - can anyone help? I have attached a picture also
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Re: Sticking Front Brake

Get a pair of waterpump pliers on to the edge of the pad and force it back into the caliper,then pump up the brake and do the other side.There are four pistons in there so one might be stuck.You may have to do this a couple of times to get it to move freely
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You may have a sticking caliper piston check all the outer seals also check that each piston to see if the piston has swollen on the exposed portion there by not allowing the piston to completely retract into the caliper body, this happened on my Subaru twin tubro gt and it was only 5 yrs old also Brembo calipers, woth checking.
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I agree with GREGAV, this is an easy way of freeing a possibly seized caliper. The other more difficult way and most succesful is to remove the pistons from the calipers and very lightly 'wet and dry' the pistons.

The most common cause of the brake warning light flashing is low brake fluid levels, this would also explain why the flashing is getting worse as the pads wear down.
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Re: Sticking Front Brake

Seized callipers are common on the GTV V6. The Brembo calliper is alumium but the pad-guides and mounting screws are steel so react, corrode and make the pad too tight. I have had to file the edges of the pad on all my front pads to get it to move easily. Just pumping the brakes will be a very temporary solution if it works at all.
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