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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-18-03, 10:37 PM
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Brake Fade?

Hey Fella's,
When ever I go driving for a while the brakes seem to get harder to put on, and you need to press the pedal harder and harder to get it to stop. It also feels like road noise feeling is coming through the pedal as well, but the car doesn't jerk when you put the brakes on(like what you would expect with warped rotors).

So far I've replaced the rear brake pads and rebuilt the master cylinder but the problem is still there.

My parents cars which is also an EA seems so much better then mine when you put the brakes on. On theres you push it in a little and it wants to stop a lot, and they have no roadnoise eminating through the pedal, wheras on mine you need to push harder and harder the more you want it to stop. The brake booster on mine seems to be holding the vacuum so thats not the problem either.

Now I've looked at the rotors on both mine and my parents cars, and my parents ones look super shiny, wheras mine look dull and with black scorch marks! This is especially apparant on the back rotors and I have deglazed them with some sandpaper in the past.

So whats wrong with my brakes, does anyone know? I'm thinking the rotors must all be worn down or something and needs replacing all round?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-18-03, 11:15 PM
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Re: Brake Fade?

If there are scorch marks on the back I'd look at the calipers seizing on, and pull them down.
Probably about time to rebuild all 4 calipers actually

Oh also, how about the handbrake?

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-18-03, 11:36 PM
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Re: Brake Fade?

yes i would say you front calipers a sticking on, I have the same problem with my front left ( currently rebuilding a replacement ) and I get a combination of a soft pedal then a hard pedal later on. Also seem to get road noise/vibrations though the pedal

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-19-03, 12:55 AM
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Re: Brake Fade?

Well I can turn the rotors by hand still, though they are tight to turn, so if they are sticking on it couldn't be too much. Also the rears only turn in one direction but someone in another post told me this was normal because of resistance in the auto transmission(could be bullshit though)

I've replaced the handbrake cable recently and adjusted handbrake to the right spot. The rear rotors look fairly scorched especially on the left hand side, the fronts aren't super shiny either, but I haven't driven the car around very much so that might explain that. How hard is it to rebuild the rear calipers? Gregories says buy some new ones.

I wanna get this problem fixed ASAP, i'm sick of feeling like fred flintstone everytime i need to put the brakes on! Yabadabado!
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