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Rear brake replacement

I Installed new rotors and pads on the rear of my A6 with one new caliper, once i put everything back and bled the system...I test drove the vehicle to find that the brakes are binding with the rotors, can you tell me where or what i did wrong or missed???

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Hi to get the pads in you did screw the calipers pistons all the way back and you should have backed the hand brake cable off as well then adjusted the cable afterwards problem with self adjusting calipers is you can adjust the handbrake cable and the brakes are ok until driven then they can bind so try backing the adjustment off on the handbrake [should really change both calipers as a pair to keep the axles brake balance but this is not anything to do with the brakes binding] best of luck paul

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