Help need for query on car brakes

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  1. isitfriday

    isitfriday Funster

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    Hi,
    This forum has been great for help with all sorts so I'll ask here first.
    I have returned home after two weeks away in Orkney & west highland area. (I'll save that for another post)
    The car a Ford Focus 2009, was on drive for two weeks. I drove it and there is a bad knocking noise when I break, the noise did ease up a bit, the more I drove and used the breaks but it sounded awfull and therefore only went to local shops.
    The car was fine when I left.
    Any ideas?
     
  2. Phill D

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    probably the pads / brake shoes stuck to the discs / drums and it takes a short while to clear. a good reason not to over apply the hand break if leaving stationary for a while.
     
  3. Clewsy

    Clewsy Funster Life Member

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    I had a similar problem with a Skoda left for three weeks. The front discs had rusted and then when the car was used the discs became pitted which caused a significant brake judder. Had to replace the front discs to cure it.
     
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    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

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    You could take it for a drive, and on clear road as you are moving ,gently apply handbrake to get rid of any glaze, then do the same foot brake /accelerate(toe heal) to de-glaze front brake see if that improves it before spending any unnecessary money.
    hope this may help :)
     
  5. isitfriday

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    Thanks folks I'll take it out to try out your tips,
     
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    Many vehicles these days the electronics won't allow you to do it. On mine if you put your foot on the brake pedal whilst also on the accelerator then after a few seconds the engine light will come on & it goes into 'limp' mode. Take foot off accelerator & all will return to normal.
     
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    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

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    Ford focus?:) son has a 2014 focus navigator can do it on that
    Ours hyundi 64 plate i30 also cando with gentle pressure as if acc against brake (y)
     
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    Could be ceased caliper,

    Try gentle brake pedal and accelerator as above. Then when stationery apply pedal fully with some force,then drive off. Hopefully it will free up.
     
  9. MikeD

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    I suspect you just have a bit of rust on the discs. As everybody before has said drive around for a bit and brake a lot.

    It should go away reasonably quickly so if it is still doing it after fifty miles I would take the wheels off and have a look. (y)
     
  10. dave newell lvs

    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

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    It is most likely just rust but there is a remote chance of a cracked brake disc, (I had one go overnight on a Renault 5 many years ago) so before you take it out and do the left foot braking bit get the wheels off and inspect the brakes. The way I look at it is this, a problem with engine or transmission and it may not go very well but a problem with the brakes may mean it doesn't stop very well. This leads us to the Dirty Harry question: "How lucky do you feel?"

    D.
     
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