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    Hi,

    I've got a 51 plate Saxo VTR - picked up on the cheap and it's brilliant fun, regardless of how French it is.. however - most of the time when I brake, the passenger wheel area makes a kind of grinding/squealing noise. The noise seems to happen once for every rotation of the wheel as if it's catching on something. The noise disappears almost totally when cold or wet.

    Don't really want to take the car the Kwik Fit or the likes.. have a local garage who I'm sure will fix it for me.. but just wanted to see if anyone else had any ideas?

    Thanks!

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    Discs could be warped
    Pads could be loose and rattling
    Pads / discs could be contaminated.
    Discs / pads could be excessively worn

    greg_68

    Discs could be warpedPads could be loose and rattlingPads / discs could … Discs could be warpedPads could be loose and rattlingPads / discs could be contaminated.Discs / pads could be excessively worn



    Yep, exactly what i was going to say, with the bottom being most likely.

    Think kwik fit offer a free brake test, if you trust them.

    N.B, please don't drive behind me if you have dodgy breaks :-).

    Original Poster

    I'm pretty sure discs and pads are fien - my local garage gave it the once over and he said the pads were fine, and the discs don't look too scratched or scored. Could it be the actual caliper, or an issue with it?

    greg_68

    Discs could be warpedPads could be loose and rattlingPads / discs could … Discs could be warpedPads could be loose and rattlingPads / discs could be contaminated.Discs / pads could be excessively worn


    ^
    What he says

    "The noise disappears almost totally when cold or wet. "

    When the brakes have been fitted they haven't used copper grease.

    Brakes get hot, More likely to squeal, Of coarse them being wet also acts as a coolant and to some effect a lubricant.

    Could also be something to do with callipers/pistons.


    Edited by: "shauneco" 4th Jun 2011

    I would of said the calipers ceasing? Sticking on if that's correct thing to say (Just a thought)

    VanDutch

    I'm pretty sure discs and pads are fien - my local garage gave it the … I'm pretty sure discs and pads are fien - my local garage gave it the once over and he said the pads were fine, and the discs don't look too scratched or scored. Could it be the actual caliper, or an issue with it?



    if they only gave it a quick once over thay may not have tested the trueness of the discs, this would explain the cyclic issue.

    Original Poster

    greg_68

    if they only gave it a quick once over thay may not have tested the … if they only gave it a quick once over thay may not have tested the trueness of the discs, this would explain the cyclic issue.



    Good point, hadn't thought of this.

    I've had a quick look at eBay - can get a set of pads and two front brake discs for £32 delivered.. brilliant value.. Mintex too, so a reliable and known manufacturer. I guess my garage would probably charge £20-£30 to fit them? Probably an hours work for him. If the noise is still there, I guess it's time to look at the caliper..

    For saxo questions, I would ask on saxperience.com, it's a website dedicated to the saxo and has forums which allows you to get help on any aspect of your car.

    I have used it successfully to get answers when I got my saxo.

    You can do the discs yourself, piece of cake. Make sure the pad springs are in position correctly too.

    Don't listen to any of the numpties on here
    just get some earplugs it will be fine.;)
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