[200q20v] Rear Caliper sticking?

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Wed Oct 18 13:14:57 EDT 2000

> From: Phil Rose <pjrose at frontiernet.net>
> Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 12:08:10 -0400
> To: Kneale Brownson <knotnook at traverse.com>
Examples of why it has been my practice for many, many years to put a high
priority on a full brake overhaul on all new-to-me used cars that I may
aquire.  Master and wheel calipers, full disassemble and cleaning, clean the
resorvoir and blow the lines.  Then, with bi-yearly or better fluid flushes,
never have had another brake problem.  A dirty but cheap job, and if you
want it done right, do it yourself.


> Cc: 200q20v at audifans.com
> Subject: Re: [200q20v] Rear Caliper sticking?
> You know, after my accident a few years ago, which totalled my '91 200q in
> a rollover (on slick pavement), one of the suggested scenarios was that I
> was the victim of a locked-up rear brake. I have always thought a rear
> brake "drag" problem as arising only from malfunctioning e-brake
> components, but it's scarey to realize that it can happen suddenly even if
> the e-brake use has been rigorously avoided.
> Phil
> At 8:47 AM -0400 10/18/00, Kneale Brownson wrote:
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>> You're right that the rear caliper hangs up under my scenario regardless of
>> how the piston is moved against the brake pad, Phil.  That was my personal
>> experience:  The rear calipers dragged from use with just the pedal.   I've
>> never had an elderly car with a cable brake that didn't have problems with
>> the cable brake, so I've just gotten used (in nearly 50 years of driving)
>> to not applying the emergency brake.  Folks who experience dragging only
>> after using the emergency brake must have a problem in the cable system if
>> the cable lever on the caliper is free.

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