I recently replaced the rear pads on a 1999 2.8Q A4. Everything seemed
to go well with the pad replacement, minus the horrible piston return
design requiring a special tool. I merely pulled 2 bolts, pulled the
caliper off enough to remove the pads, returned the piston to it's
fully inward position, replaced the pads, and bolted everything back
I took the time to bed the brakes last night, then today after ~15
miles worth of highway driving, when coming to a stop, the rear pads
were smoking horribly on both sides. I pulled over to inspect it
further and smoke was just billowing out. The rotors seem okay.. I
didn't notice them adonized/glowing from heat, nor vibrating (warping).
Thing is -- if in neutral, the car is easy to push. If on a very-very
slight decline, it'll roll in neutral. I jacked up the rear on the
diff and both wheels feel like a slight drag may be present.. but it's
hard to tell due to quattro drag (couldn't put the car in neutral with
rear wheels up for fear of rolling forward).
Any suggestions would be _greatly_
appreciated. I'm at a loss here.
I've done rear pads on a multitude of vehicles and have never seen
this, nor do I know what I would do differently if I disassembled
everything again. Is it possible that the parking brake was adjusted
at some point to compensate for pad wear and I need to readjust it
again? If so, how is that accomplished in the A4?