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Clio - dci - rear brakes binding when washed

Hi all this is my first post so here we go.

We have a Clio 1.5 dci 100 bhp and it is a cracking little car apart from the blasted rear brakes.
Let me explain the problems.
After the car is washed and put away and you go to get the car out of the garage the brakes are stuck on and clonk as they release when you try to drive off.
They were completely stuck on early in the year as the wheels just slid along the road.
The garage has looked at the rear brakes and has changed the rear calipers as they were ceased up.
And the hand brake constantly groans when applied.
Up to now this is all warranty work but i don't want a large bill each year when the warranty runs out next year.
The garage say the sticking calipers are down to little use but we have never had this before.
We were original told by another dealer to leave the hand brake off and put blocks in front of the tyres or better still run the car round the block after you wash the car!!!.
Any advise would be much appreciated.

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I've heard of this before, but only when the car had been sitting for some weeks.

There is some significance to your washing the car, then putting it in the garage 'wet'.

It's not really good practice for many reasons, mainly due to the real risk of corrosion, and this may well be manifesting itself in your brake calipers.

I would suggest either not putting the car indoors whilst damp, or, if that isn't appropriate, then to leave the car in gear (you can add a brick as an additional measure). And just leave the handbrake off.

I have a couple of classics which are hardly used, and I leave them in this manner, without problem.

Hope that helps solve your problem.


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Hi i have to agree with Paul on this try and leave the handbrake off ok its not the thing to do and we should not have too but its only until the 2 surfaces are dry, if i wash my espace with the handbrake on it would also bind but will pop off when i start to move off, i really should not need to use the handbrake as it a automatic but its just habit cheers all the best Donald.
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