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Brakes remain engaged when backing up, they seem to release as soon as I change from reverse to forward. the inside pads do not seem to slide freely, could they be the wrong size?

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  • geofernhout Oct 02, 2009

    I believe that I have found the problem, found that the inside pads are not sliding freely, probably rust build-up, will clean them up and hope it solves the problem, need a srew driver to wedge them out.



  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Sounds like a sticking caliper or sticking emergency brake. Do both wheels exhibit this symptom or just one? Charlie



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Check to see if the caliper slide pins are siezed in the caliper base. Pretty common.

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Iv had a couple of mechanics trying to fix my brakes bt dey can't get it write. de problem is dat it binds de front wheels. changed de calipas, booster, master and yet its not fine

What normally cause the brakes to bind?

1. Pistons in the brake caliper binding so they will not slide back when pressure is released. If you have new calipers that should not be the issue.

2. The brake caliper is not sliding on the slide pins so that when the brakes are released the caliper sticks in position. If the calipers are new and the slide pins are properly lubricated that should not be an issue.

3. The flexible brake lines have deteriorated and are blocked so that when the brakes are released the brake fluid will not flow back up the lines to the master cylinder. You may be able to push brake fluid through the lines and overcome the blockage under full braking pressure but when that pressure is released the blockage in the brake line will not allow the fluid to flow back. When that happens the brakes will remain applied to some extent. If the flexible brake lines are more than 7 -8 years old I would suspect they might be the problem and when they deteriorate they do so from the inside and often near the ends.

4. The brake pads when fitted to the caliper must be fitted in the correct position. There is an inner pad and outer pad. If they have been reversed so that the outer pad is fitted in the inside position and the inner pad in the outside position, when you apply the brakes they will bind. Don't assume the pads have been fitted properly because so called professional mechanics still make this mistake when fitting brake pads. This is the first thing I would check before looking at anything else.
This is a very frustrating problem for you because you expect professionals to find problems and fix your brakes the first time.
I hope this helps and you manage to sort the problem.

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Forward Braking
The actuating force for the wheel brake is generated during braking of the towing vehicle, as the trailer tends to overrun and
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As a result, the brake shoes are pressed against the brake drum. The resulting friction from contact of brake linings and drum
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During reversing the drawtube is pushed in and the brake shoes press against the drum (as in forward braking).
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Sounds like it's been engaged quiet tight. So start the vehicle try depressing the release button and lifting up firmly instead of trying to immediately push downward on it to release.

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