Grr damm rear brakes

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Grr damm rear brakes

Post by pepper » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:48 pm

My wifes taking our 480es back to France on Wednesday so I thought I'd just change the rear disc pads and make sure everything was fine ready for the French MOT in August, NO NO NO, big mistake. I change the rear Right hand caliper as it had been seizing slightly for what I believed to be a good replacement, I could not get the new caliper to bleed for some reason? so I then swap them back round again after lubricating and cleaning the old one and realise that actually its the handbrake cables that are seized, So I quickly nip under my spare car and whip the cables off and check those, (much better). I then replace the rear handbrake cables and rebleed the rear caliper and success its all working as it should at last, it only took me four hours when I thought it would only take 2, Ah well at least my wife was understanding (I secretly think she takes what time I say and doubles it in the first place :? ),

All I have to do now is to replace the rear foglight switch as its playing up and quickly run some weld down the top hinge of the drivers side door as its starting to crack!
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Post by esta » Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:53 pm

Lol, my sympathies! My brakes need to be done for my MOT!

Good luck with that tho!
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Post by JohnTurbo » Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:00 pm

yeah....nasty job rear brakes. Its more often caliper than cable...but its still cable often! (If that makes sence!!)
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Post by Ben Harris » Tue Feb 19, 2008 6:08 pm

Not that it sounds like it was the case this time, but...

I know you have to wind back the little grub screw for the handbrake before you can push the piston back in on the rear brakes. My neighbour, who bought one of my old 480's from me took it to the garage, and they were at the point of ordering in new rear calipers, believing them to be ceased, before I pointed out to him that they probably hadn't wound back the little grub screw. Turned out I was right, and saved him £200+ ! :D

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