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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi,I have just renewed the front brake pads on my wife's 1998
' R ' reg Fiesta 1.3 Encore.The original pads were really worn
down.Since fitting the new pads there is a grinding noise coming
from the brakes when driving.It sounds like the calipers are rubbing
on the wheels,maybe because the new pads are so thick that the
calipers are being forced outwards.Thought about filing the pads down a
bit.Has anyone had to do this? Also since the new pads were fitted,the brake
pedal seems spongy and I have to press harder to brake.I did not touch the
master cylinder at all,so there
can't be air in the system.
Thanks.
John
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
has it got the original wheels on from the factory?

i had to do my mates car about 15 yr ago and had this problem after i
changed the pads cos incorrect alloy wheels were fitted. didnt have a file
with me took ages using just sandpaper...



provided there is no brake fliud leaks looks like a brake fliud bleed is
needed , with the age why not go for a fliud change anyway?
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
"ford_technical_" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> has it got the original wheels on from the factory?
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> i had to do my mates car about 15 yr ago and had this problem after i
> changed the pads cos incorrect alloy wheels were fitted. didnt have a file
> with me took ages using just sandpaper...



Yes,they are the original steel wheels.Never had this problem
when changing pads on other cars including some fords.



> provided there is no brake fliud leaks looks like a brake fliud bleed is
> needed , with the age why not go for a fliud change anyway?



Yeah,might give it a go.
Thanks.
John
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
hiya,

are the disks worn?
you'll get some noise and spongyness until the pads bed in anyway, usually
about 50 miles or so,

m
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Re: UK Fiesta Brake Pads.(Another fault)

"pottsy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> hiya,
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> are the disks worn?
> you'll get some noise and spongyness until the pads bed in anyway, usually
> about 50 miles or so,
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> m
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Sorted it mate,sanded the pads a little and they are ok.The disks
are in pretty good nick for the age of the car.One more fault tho,
when I brake for a junction etc,the dash lights come on and the
engine dies,but as soon as I lift the clutch it judders back into
life.It usually does this during a long journey,say after 5-6 miles.
Someone said it could be the idle control valve,but I don't know
what I am looking for.Any ideas?

Thanks.
John
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Re: UK Fiesta Brake Pads.(Another fault)

hiya,

check the easy stuff first, look for air leaks and for clean filters and
plugs, especially if you consider a long journey to be 5 miles the plugs
could be fouled up.

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