The fact that you don't use the handbrake suggests that you live in an area
that salts the roads in the winter. It sounds to me that this same
corrosive environment is causing your caliper pistons to stick in there
bores so that the brakes fail to release after you take your foot off the
pedal. Are you wheels getting very dirty from excessive brake pad dust??
Do your wheels get hot after a little time on the freeway?? It might be
time to have a look at your calipers.
It's not the calipers sticking - perhaps I wasn't clear in my OP.
What I mean was after washing, a day later the rear pads stuck to the
disks (super glue-style). I had to use quite bit of gas to free them.
Didn't see any other way - and reversing was the only option.
Question is: is there is a better way to handle such a situation?
Can't be the only one this has happened to - I can imagine similar
occurring if say left at airport for a couple of weeks...?
I've experienced this too, a bit of forwards and backwards "rocking"
and a fair bit of gas solved it for me. Put another 100K miles on that
car with no brake issues other than normal replacing of brake pads
every 30-40K miles.
I also took delivery on a nearly new car from a dealer who had it
stored in their compound for 2 weeks while I was on vacation. When I
picked it up, a few miles down the road and I had loud screaching
noises from the brakes which would not clear. After an overnight stay
at the break down yard the problem dissappeared. We put it down to
rust sticking and baking onto the brake pads making the noise, and the
morning dew loosening it again to clear it.
After I wash my I6, either I let it warming 10 min in order the humidity is
cleared out of the engine, especially in winter or I drive 500/600 m in the
slope, using the brakes in order to dry them.
Otherwise, the symptoms are misfiring the day after and stuck pads. The
disks are rusted on their surface. It doesn't take long !
Hope this will help you.
Using the car under rain is different because the engine as well as the
brakes are warm. No condensation on them.
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