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There is a knock in the rear brakes which stops when you apply the brakes. I took the passenger side tire off and inspected the brake. The outside pad is loose and the inside pad is so tight against the disc that it is very hard to turn the disc. Can this be adjusted?

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It sounds like the slide pin in your brake assembly has jammed - this is a reasonably common problem. The brakes should 'self-adjust' or centre so that there is even braking force from either side. It may be possibly to remove your brake caliper, unjam the slide, lubricate it and reinstall it. At this point you really need to replace your pads and check your discs for uneven wear and have them machined or replaced as necessary. However, it is far more likely that it will be cheaper and easier to simply replace the caliper (and the pads and discs as required).
Hope this helps, Sherwin

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