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I have a Clio 172 sport but the rear brakes are not working, however the handbrake is fine? As all the braking is at the front of the car this is damaging the front discs?

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Most of your braking occurs at the front of the car, anyways, but you need to get those rear brakes checked...

If you have a split (front-rear) master cylinder, check that. Did the fluid level drop enough at any time such that the system may have "sucked air" into the rear system only?

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