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Old 02-19-2012, 10:08   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all, newby here. I'll try to be as brief as possible. My Idiot Mate of 45 years and my dumb as a brick son-in-law, changed the brakes on the front of my '00 'Tang yesterday. Took four trips to the parts store, numerous pc dowloads, case of beer, and all day long. The brakes are binding(said they bled 'em) and theres this ooooonnnnngging sound coming from the wheels/brakes. I am the driver of this car and me thinks the brake pedal is slightly lower(is this possible?), and it's squshie and goes down further than before when I apply the brakes. Any ideas as to what I can do to fix my car? Don't even suggest them again!!! Thanks in advance.
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Got to make sure the pistons in the callipers are not sticking and that the pads are sliding freely also . Sounds like they haven't bled brakes properly also and you still have air in system .Could also check flex hoses are o.k and not collapsing inside .
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Brakes are a safety item and I'd suggest taking it to a shop to have them look at it. They could fail too.
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Bert, thanks. We have taken everything off today and started from scratch. Seems the brakes are locked, wheels will not turn PERIOD. Yes we've bled and bled and bled, following every instruction to the T. Gonna call it quits for today.
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Lol at description of your friend and son in law. Are you sure they should be working on your car. Maybe save the beers for when its finished haha

Assuming you are fitting the correct parts then there must be an issue with the piston not returning fully back into the caliper or if it is a sliding caliper then perhaps the slides are binding. There may be some rust or buildup on the piston. The caliper may need to be stripped and a piston and seal kit may be required. You could take the calipers to a shop to be overhauled or refit them and take car to a workshop.
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