Short Track Racer
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: East of Cleveland, Ohio
Stuck parking brake (?) after rear rotor replacement
My old rotors warped (Wagners! I thought they'd do better) and the surfaces had rusted over a few years, so I replaced them with new Wagners from Amazon. I got the tool to compress the rear pistons from Autozone, but only did about 2 turns, since the new disks aren't much thicker than the old ones, and I was re-using the old brake pads. The calipers slid right on without much effort, so I'm sure they were in far enough.
However, after putting everything away, I started the car, slowly depressed the brake pedal and slowly released several times, then operated the emergency brake. I took off, thought something was dragging, so I let the car roll to a stop, it seemed OK. So, I drove off. The next stop, I roll to a stop, and now it does feel like something is dragging. I pull over, the brakes are hot. I drive back home at 30 MPH for 1 mile. Hope I didn't warp the new rotors.
It seems there is a lot of slack in the handbrake now, so I think that is what is dragging. Trouble is, before this, I had used the hand brake recently and there was no problem. So, it seems it might be something with the work I did... Should I have retracted the pistons all the way, in spite of re-using the same pads? Or, does it seem like something with the brake cable (the slack wasn't there before I did the brake job).
What can I look for?
Factory HID, ABS, sunroof. K&N filter, Conti Extreme DWS tires, grounded TB. JL Audio C2 650 comps and J2 320.4 amp