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Story (problem section below):

First off, about two weeks ago my car was parked on a steep driveway with the e-brake on and not in any gear. Came out later to find it had rolled down the driveway and across the street just barely into the grass there!

I checked the e-brake handle, it could have been on several more clicks, so I thought, okay, I'm just a dumbass, and didn't pull it up enough for such an incline (I've since started putting my car in 5th gear too).

All is well until this week I hear a soft but still noticeable squeak / squeal coming from the rear. I confirmed my fears / ears by removing my rear wheels and looking at the brakes.

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Problem:

The driver's side rear brake is sticking; the hub is very hard to turn with the brakes off (pedal and e-brake off). I put the wheel on with the car in the air and had a friend turn the wheel, while I pushed the pedal on and off. Even with the pedal down, he could slightly rotate the wheel.

So it seems that corner's brake is "dead", stuck slightly engaged.

The passenger side is working fine, it compresses and releases like it should with both pedal and e-brake.

Ideas on plan of attack? :idea:
 

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Chance are you will have to do that but I wouldn't do it just yet. Pull the sliders out and wire brush them followed by a good re-greasing. If you don't have any specifically formulated for the job, use petroleum jelly. If that don't free it up then the problem is a stuck/binding caliper piston. IMO that's not worth rebuilding because the cylinder walls are pitted from rust/corrosion and it just wont work the same anymore. Even if you can get it to work, the problem will reoccur again because the pits allow/hold air/moisture to get in there. -That's just what I think.
 

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Thanks for the advice.

After trying the above and inspecting the caliper, if it's still messed up I'll just buy a new caliper from an auto parts store.
 

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Hey I'm having the exact same problem with my car (starting with the emergency brake as well) except I have a 1984 CRX so the rear brakes are drums. I took apart the brake shoe assembly, replaced the burnt off shoes and played around with the e-brake cable for a bit... now the brakes seem to release but there is still a sound like the shoes are lightly rubbing on the inside of the drum when i turn the wheel by hand.

Is this just because the brakes may be out of adjustment or do I need to replace the wheel cylinder??

thanx

robyn
 

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robyn - not sure about the drums, but the problem I had with my rear discs was somehow the inner brake pad had moved and was crooked in the caliper.

The locating pegs were worn clean off and the pad was worn far on the inside, while still having good meat on the outside. I put new pads in and got the piston seated back all the way down, problem solved.

If you put new shoes in and there is slight friction, it may go away after a couple days of driving. If it is seriously stopping the wheel from spinning, back up the e-brake adjustment and check for components binding. Good luck.
 

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my crx too... front driver side squeals like a beaten pig... and its loud... when i drive at night it sounds like crickets are out... then i turn off car and theres dead silence... its the front left for sure... how can i fix that its a brand new caliper...?
 

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my crx too... front driver side squeals like a beaten pig... and its loud... when i drive at night it sounds like crickets are out... then i turn off car and theres dead silence... its the front left for sure... how can i fix that its a brand new caliper...?
the good thing is you can take the wheel off and have someone activate the brakes, while you look for what is happening. Try to rotate the hub when the brakes are off, then on, to see if they are clamping and releasing like they should.

with some understanding of how brakes work and your eyes / ears / hands to help you, you'll find what's wrong.

BTW, you said you have a new caliper. Both of them? How new? Is the whole assembly new, or just rebuilt? Did you replace the pads as well? Any small part that is failing or not positioned or operating like it should can make noise, vibration, and greater problems as it wears out. Let us know.
 
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