Haven't posted in a while, but now I need some help. I bought a used Megane II 2007 Grandtour. The rear brakes looked terrible from the start (too much rust on outer and inner sides of the discs + the pads are almost done). I still haven't changed them as I would like to ask someone more experienced what he thinks.
During the first week one of the rear brakes blocked - it was driven that way for some kms until I saw it and my right disc is now red. I have managed to unblock it by pulling the handbrake up and down couple of times. I am not really sure what caused this binding so that would be my first question - what could have caused it?
Second, I would like to purchase new set of discs/pads - I had Zimmermann before and they are not the best solution. There is always OEM, but I read here couple of times that Renault brake discs are not that good (I also know this from experience - couple of renaults we had and always used OEM - all of them eventually had problems with rear discs). So I was thinking ATE, as they were always good, but the problem is the ABS ring - I have read that aftermarket parts have issues with this, although ATE is quite an expensive aftermarket, so in theory it shouldn't, but I just wanted to ask if anyone has any experience with this?
Third - I would not want to fit new brakes and then find out that they blocked the next day, so maybe I should change the handbrake cables as well? Not sure if binding has anything to do with cables or there are return springs in calipers which went bad? Anyone knows this?
Every reply appreciated!
Good quality makes like ATE and Pagid are fine, Pagid supply a lot of German Manufacturers even from the factory.
Euro Car Parts sell them, need to buy 2 as they are sold individually... and with a discount code you can get 25% off the retail price!
I fitted some Pagids to a scenic, and they was fine no problems with ABS ring etc,
also get some Pagid Ceratec to use rather than copper grease.. its a purpose made product for braking systems and performs better than copper grease.
Id change the handbrake cables, at the same time (again you can get 25% off from euro car parts) and while its all apart check the handbrake mechanism moves back and forth ok on the calliper and returns against its stop.
if it doesn't, then try moving it back and forth a few times to free it up, otherwise will need a replacement calliper... cause and effect etc.... usually cause is handbrake cables, effect is seized calliper.
2 examples of discount code, UKPAS25