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    Brakes smoking

    Ive just been driving my car home and as i was braking the car was pulling over to the right, and when I finally stopped the left hand wheel arch had smoke coming from it.
    I tried to remove the brake assembly but i dont have the right allen key to undo the bolt.
    It was only yesterday i put 10 pounds worth of fuel in and ive only done 40 miles what on earth could be the problem?

    thanks mike

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    Could be a caliper stuck out and with the brake pad constantly on the disc its got hot and started smoking. Have you had the brakes replaced recently?.

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    Not for a while, can the caliper be unsiezed ?

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    yes but you will need to strip it and clean the piston out and replace the seal
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    Yes as above, i had to do mine last week.

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    There arn't any guides how to do it ?

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    definately a stuck caliper.
    mine was doing exactly the same thing

    it would probably be easier just to replace the whole caliper rather than trying to repair it.

    by the way its a 7mm hex key you need to remove the caliper
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    Sorry if this seems like a bit of a stupid question but should the brake pads be pressing against the brake disk at all when there is no pressure on the brake pedal?

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    mines just done it mate i just got a new caliper a brand new GM one for £25 of flee bay bargin

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    Quote Originally Posted by madspof View Post
    Sorry if this seems like a bit of a stupid question but should the brake pads be pressing against the brake disk at all when there is no pressure on the brake pedal?
    should just be scuffing, but the problem here is that the cylinder is seized and is keeping the pad against the disc
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