Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 11:27:43 GMT
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: Toasted Brakes?

Jonbouy wrote: > > If your handbrake is over adjusted you'll have the handbrake shoes in > contact with the disc/drum which will overheat. This can also be caused by > driving with the handbrake still engaged by even one notch. If this > overheating is constant you need to loosen off the handbrake cable, strip > down the rear brakes and inspect for damage. Serious overheating will > cause metal to take on a blue tinge. Replace any suspect parts, rebuild > the brakes, change your brake fluid and set the handbrake to 5 clicks for > full lock. The handbrake wasn't really the problem with my previous car. You can usually spot when the handbrake isn't released when rolling the car in neutral (manual box), the car should continue for quite a while under its own momentum. The sticking problem I had was very intermittent, hence it mimicked a temporary reduction of engine power.

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