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1500 Miles ago, got some grooved disc with perf' pads from the Essex boys, (over 200 per wheel ).Should have worn then out yet then, dont driver THAT aggresively !
Anyway, problem is that over past few days,
driving has included a bit of brake squeal, to which I have not paid much attention.

Today, felt something was catching or holding at point car became stationary i.e. bit of squeal while braking, and as car actualy stops(split second before),an uncomfortable clamping sort of feel. This developed into a squeal and a bit of grind before stopping, and then to something quite nasty, the metal-on-metal grinding type of sound and feel. Put car in reverse, grinding disppeared, back in forward gears, just as bad..

All in above paragraph happen in space of 1 - 2 miles.

However, after being careful for a few minutes and miles, it SEEMS to have calmed down. My problem now is that something doesnt feel quite right ( maybe its in my head, I dont know, you feel uncomfortable from what went before etc, over sensitive prehaps). Will go out later and get a feel for it again.

I will obviously get it looked at very soon ( me = non DIY person), but ideas please anyone ??
Thankyou.
Andy
 

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With no sight of the problem, this is what I would do.

Wheek off the wheel and look at the brake pads. If they are not located properly, they may have worn down prematurley or, be rubbing against the area of the disc that is not normally touched ie the more central surface of the disc. The edges of the pads may be worn down more than the overall surface if they are not located OK.

If the pads are located OK and appear to be rubbing on the polished surface of the disc, yet are worn down across their surface then maybe you have a sticky caliper which doesnt release itself when you release the brake pedal.

Several cuases for this but can anyone else shed more light as this is general to any car, not just a Saab
 

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It may be nothing more than a stone picked up off the road! Don't always think the worst before checking!
As bambo said, and even for a non'DIYer, it's got to be worth removing the offending wheel and taking a good look at the calliper, and especially the area between the disc and the backplate.
It's amazing what a din a piece of gravel can cause!!
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That exact thing happened to me as I was driving the Carlsson home after purchasing it.

I was assuming the worst though it turned out to be a stone stuck in the brakes somewhere.

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Could be just a small piece of contaminent. At worst though (& your observations sound very much like something I experienced in my 9000) it might be that the caliper is siezed so when you take your foot off the brake, the pad remains up against the disk. The result of this excessive pad wear. Sometimes, if you're quick, you can see if this is the case by going for a drive & when you get out the car, have a feel around the wheels & see if you can detect any excessive or difference in temperature between them. If you can, then you'll need to get it sorted.
 

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Yup, wheel bearing is a possibilty, but (presently - and I'm thinking as a reader of the posts[not a writer]), brakes seem more likely. its easy to write what we think where the actual text conveys scarier stuff (where we dont realise it). Been guilty of it myself so i hope this doesnt sound like a lecture. Take the wheel off and have a look before you panic and I promise to give 'Nottage Hill, Cab Sauv' a rest.
 

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Wheel off now, pad sitting on disc snuggly,but can hand turn disc with a little force, so assume caliper seized/ stuck ?? Garage can have a look soon, dont want to break anything else !! ( No pad movenment when brakes applied).
Thanks again, Andy
 

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Would definately let the garage that did the original work check it out (if conveniently local). At £220 per wheel and 1.5k miles ago, the warranty should still be good for another 10 years!
 

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Andy, I getting two different possible scenarios from your last post.

<snip>Wheel off now, pad sitting on disc snuggly,but can hand turn disc with a little force, so assume caliper seized/ stuck ?? </snip> Sounds to me like caliper not releasing fully.

<snip>No pad movenment when brakes applied</snip> Does this mean that when you apply the brakes, the pads dont tighten or, do you mean that the discs dont turn when youve applied the brakes?
 

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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
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Thanks for continued interest.

Took car to local brake specialist, removed front calipers and pads, cleaned up and tested, lubricated where required, and replaced. Everyting in perfect condition ( maybe ir was a small stone lodged, that worked it way loose. Better safe than sorry though !! Didnt realise until afterwards that they did FREE Brake checks, so even better !
Cheers,
Andy.

p.s; for UK Owners, it was at: Stop n' Steer. Not sure about their Nationwide reputation, but the boys at the Dover branch are the most genuine and trustworthy bunch you ever could meet, and thorough too !
Andy.
 
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