How to tell if brakes are binding

old-git

Moderator
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617
From
Essex
Car
Elan & Robin Hood
Or....

Jack the wheel up. On an undriven wheel simply spin it and it will be obvious if the pads are binding as there will be a noise and resistance to turning.

On a driven wheel it isn't so easy. Compare the thickness of pads on either side of the disc and each wheel. If a pad is thinner than the others then there is a good chance that the pad is rubbing against the disc. This applies to undriven wheels as well.
 

stamford

Pro Tuner
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362
From
Hampshire
Car
MG ZS200
Car unstable under braking, pulling to one side. Excessive heat from wheel/disc area, smoke and discoloured disc is a clear sign! Oh and horrid smell of burning pad material when its really stuck!
 

old-git

Moderator
Points
617
From
Essex
Car
Elan & Robin Hood
Car unstable under braking, pulling to one side. Excessive heat from wheel/disc area, smoke and discoloured disc is a clear sign! Oh and horrid smell of burning pad material when its really stuck!
As I said earlier, hedge in your grill :)
 

Teo

Road Burner
Points
192
From
Appleton,WI,USA
Car
2015 HellCat 745hp
Is there an easy way to tell if your brakes are binding on or sticking?
Most definitely! ;b/

Severe Binding is: How Large is the bump on the top of your head and the number of cracks in the windscreen?.V(
Ocasional Sticking is: How many bruises are on the bridge of your nose?:woot:
Grinding noises is: How many sand dunes have you driven through today?:oops:
Chirping noises is: A low flying flock of Black Birds that didn't quite get out of your way!:confused:
Meow sounds is: Looks like you have some explaining to do to your neighbor.:eek:
The remaining noises can ONLY be answered by a female as they alone have all the answers!!! :D
 
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