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MOT - 3 issues with brakes

Hi all,

I searched the forum but couldn't find the answers I am looking for.

Today I took the car for the MOT here in Austria and there were 3 problems that need to be fixed in order to pass the retest, all of them related to brakes.

I would be grateful if any of you could indicate what may be involved in each job/how much you would expect to pay in the UK (a price range)/whether the potential fixes are big or small jobs etc. Basically any information that will help me not get ripped off by a mechanic

The car:
Renault Scenic 1.4 16V 1999

The problems :

1. Front brake discs corroded on the inside. I think it's time to replace them...?

2. During the brake test (I think) after progressively increasing braking to the maximum, one of the rear brakes does not release (there are drum brakes not discs on the rear of the car).

3. Handbrake has little effect on one side (one wheel):
Left: 0.4 kN
Right: 1.6 kN

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Re: MOT - 3 issues with brakes

Fronts ..time to replace the discs and pads..rears..its time for a strip down and replace all worn parts..sounds like a rear brake cylinder is sticking and thats what causing the brakes that side to grab/hold on..also you might have a stretched or incorrectly adjusted cable ..the strip down should tell you more like a build up of dirt and contamination..
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Re: MOT - 3 issues with brakes

Just an FYI may not help but my Fiat failed MOT on the last two. It also had drums on the rear.

I cleaned them up, replaced shoes and springs and also got new handbrake cables. However it still failed on the handbrake not functioning correctly. Turned out to be the back plate which had rusted and split, so when the handbrake was applied the backplate would flex instead of the shoes being expanded. Thanks to ridiculous amounts of Hammerite applied by a previous owner i couldn't see the split and didn't notice the small amounts of flex. So yea, just thought it might be worth mentioning.

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