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Hi there, naturally you will know how hard you braked and how intense the 'smoke' was - good, prudent advice has been given.

I would be inclined to think that what you saw was a combination of heat and dust from the brakes, plus a bit of debris from the tyres locking up (I'm sure your car doesn't have ABS).

Don't misunderstand what I'm saying - you have every right to be cautious, but I would be willing to bet that the brakes will prove to be fine (just maybe a few thousand miles taken off their lifespan). The fact that the car drew to a halt in a straight line (it did, didn't it?), should also give you a bit of confidence that they will check out fine.

Be prepared for the fast-fit places trying to sell you all sorts though - do you have a trusted mechanic you can get to inspect the car instead?

Just a couple of thoughts for you to consider...


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Mmmm, sounds like one of your rear wheels has locked up when braking ... could just be road surface changes or one side unloading while you braked, but getting them checked is good advice .... use a MOT station with the proper gear, rather than the likes of our fast-fit fitter friends, who will now doubt find you need tyres, exhaust, dampers, oil change and wiper blades, oh ... and a kitchen sink.

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Thanks for the advice, I'm taking it in to for its MOT and will get them to have a proper look at the brakes while they're at it. Its a guy I know so I can trust him not to rip me off.....I hope
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Little update.

Its not been in for its MOT yet but on having a look over the car and taking it to try and reproduce the same thing in a quiet car park it seems its not the brakes. Once the car is heating up I have oil running down the front of the engine from near the dipstick area, dripping onto the exhaust and burning. With the heavy braking a bunch of oil must have got thrown onto it at once and made so much smoke.

As far as I had known the small leak I knew of seemed to be further under the car, so I'll need to work out exactly if this is new or a worsening of my existing leak.
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The dipstick tube is a push fit with an O ring seal, this may be dislodged
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