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Re: Rear brake pad replacement problem Help

Originally Posted by tonyandkaty View Post
One other thing that gets me wondering is if the calipers were knackered would I be having any problems or not with the rear brakes ??

As surely the brakes would not release or am I totally going down the wrong path lol
Your car has an electronic handbrake that pulls the handbrake cables in place of a handbrake lever that cars normally have, that's the only real difference.

Although the handbrake system is built into the caliper the two systems work independently.

Pressing the foot brake moves the caliper piston out hydraulically by forcing brake fluid into the caliper and in turn pushing the piston out to apply the brakes.

The handbrake mechanism works by the cable pulling the handbrake lever on the caliper which moves the threaded rod that the piston is screwed onto out to apply the brake.

The handbrake levers on the calipers do over time start to seize up due to weather ingress. This normally shows as poor the handbrake performance.

I wouldn't expect caliper failure at 37,000 miles on a 4 year old car, and if they had I would be having a word with Renault customer services .


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