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Hi All (treat me nice its my first time on here)

After a long line of Peugeot's we have now got a 'nearly new' 208 Allure 1.6HDi and we love it, well we did. We owned it approx 6 months and driven about 4k mile's fine no problems. Then one day out of the blue the handbrake made a noise as we let the handbrake lever down. This over a short period of a couple of weeks got worse until at one stage i had to rock the car to free the rear brakes. What is happening is the rear brake is locking on and when u let the clutch out you can see the bonnet rise or lower depending on if you are going forward or backwards then it goes 'clunk' as it frees off and after that it s fine, and the brakes seem efficient on the road.

We had the car looked at by Arbury Motors of Aldridge and they report no problem and that with this model it is normal for this to happen. I have been driving over 40 years new cars, old cars sports cars and bangers and never had this happen.

To find 'nothing' has cost me £96.00 and the car is still making this noise after been parked over night or for the day at work.

My wife has just come home a week after it came out of the garage to report she had great problems freeing the brake when starting off.

If as Arbury Motors say it is 'normal' why hasn't it done it from new, and why is it doing it now.

Has anyone had this problem, if so is it really 'normal' if so it looks like the end of the long road of purchasing Peugeot's for us.

Do you have any idea whats causing it and can you recommend a way of curing it.

Hopefully some one can help before we have more problems .

Thanks for reading

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Phil
 

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Hi Phil I've not had symptoms as severe as yours but i have noticed that when i release the hand brake and go to pull away there is sometimes a clonk as the rear pads release i shall be keeping an eye on it.Paul.
 

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Hi Phil I've not had symptoms as severe as yours but i have noticed that when i release the hand brake and go to pull away there is sometimes a clonk as the rear pads release i shall be keeping an eye on it.Paul.
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I've noticed this on mine too , i have also had similar on a couple of other french cars !!!
 

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My RCZ is terrible for that too - I put it down to the big open alloys and rain really gets in when she's parked up (all this standing water at the moment also won't help!). Also bad the morning after I've had the presure washer out.
There are a few ways to get round it though. After washing, move the car, use the brakes, dry them out a little. If the roads have been really wet, park it in gear, handbrake off.

Guess you'll notice the discs are really quick to rust up?
 

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My 208 will also do that. I also think it could have something to do with all the wet weather we've had and the wind driving the rain into everything. I notice its quite bad after giving the car a good wash and cleaning the alloys with some wheel cleaner. It's not as bad as some other cars that i've owned but they all had drum brakes on the back.

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Phil
 

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It was common problem on 307s and wet bowden cables on handbrakes. While wet and cold bowdens forzen and cables stuck, only hammer could help ;-) Engine Coolant / Light Oil and Syringe helps a lot. You have to lubricate cables in bowdens.

Hope you understand what I mean, today it's bit hard to think in english for me :-D
 

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Any input helps Yves, thanks!
 

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Hi, I have the 208 allure 1.4, it has had the same problem since I bought it ,I was told by Peugeot it was

dust in the pads and they cleaned them out.

The car is still the same ,I am a diesel mechanic and I know that the rear brake callipers can get a lot of dust and water in them ,I would have the brake pads removed cleaned and rebuilt with copper slip grease

on the metal sliding faces of the callipers and pads ,that should help for a while.

David.
 

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HI, I used to drive an Audi that did this. Usually after wet weather I would leave the car in the garage overnight with the hand brake on and the following morning when I tried to reverse it out the back of the car would rise quite noticeably (as if I had left the hand brake on) followed by a noticeable 'clunk' as the pads released from the brake discs.The Audi mechanics (sorry technicians) said this was quite normal and was due to the moisture on the pads/discs drying out and effectively sticking the pads to the discs.
They never did find a solution to the problem though.
 

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After washing, always run the car down the road to get rid of any moisture on the brake pads!
 

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Hi, this seems to be a common problem and not just with Pugs (my 208 Allure is my 11th from new, but first to have rear discs instead of drums), Google it and you'll find Mercs, Vauxhall, Kia and Audi owners all with same problem.


My story - car 10 months old and 4300 miles on clock, major sticking of handbrake, dealer says discs'corroded' due to wet weather, salt, dirt etc and also out of warranty as only covered for first 6 months or 6000 miles BUT if you phone Peugeot UK and complain they'll replace as goodwill gesture. Which they did, in January. Handbrake stuck again a week later, although not majorly.



Spoke to various independent folk (including a high end specialist sports car mechanic) and this is a common problem, if you pull handbrake on in mucky weather all the gunk from the road sticks between the hot discs and pads and causesthem to bind. Solution, don't use parking brake for extended periods in such conditions unless you really have to (it's always after longer period with the handbrake on that this happens- overnight or all day - it's fine when running)Funnily enough haven't had problem since mucky weather eased - about 6 weeks now - and have been using parking brake as it's an automatic action for me.



Will be keeping a close eye on it as we near the 6 month warrantly for the replaced discs and pads.
 

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I've found these posts while looking for a solution for mine, sorry for bumping an old thread but I guess its better than opening a new one :)

My car started a similar problem as the ones stated above. The only difference is that the weather is not necessarily rainy and the roads are not muddy.. Also the weather was getting hotter the last week, so I don't think its caused from cold weather either.

Any ideas would be appreciated :)
 

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I looked into this myself as i have changed to EBC Pads now. Peugeot brand pads are sh*te and when doing the rear pads on my gti i found they siliconed the one pad to pistons on both calipers at the rear
Why ? To this day it baffels me. I never use silicone to hold pads in. The pistons on these rear calipers are very,very stiff going in and out. I have a snap on brake piston rewind tool and had to get a spanner on it to wind it back in as the handel on the tool was digging into my hand. Never had this issue on a new car. If it was 14 years old i could suspect a sezing piston. But so far with the ebc pads i have ahad no issues with brakes.
 

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Silicone?? It is really weird..

I don't have a problem believing in peugeot pads being bad, but the car has only 6k miles on it. Can it be that bad :)

BTW, I was always planning to change to EBC pads when the time comes for a replacement, but I have read commends like they are being good for a while and then start to feel bad. May I ask how long has it been since you changed the pads and which ones did you use?
 

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Rear pads and front disks with new pads done at 16k now on 20k and they are going strong. Using front ebc slotted and drilled disks and using ebc green pads all round. Nice thing is the harsher you brake the stronger they bite. A massive difference in handling now can approch corners etc alot faster. Well worth the money. You gotta read up on what type of pads you gonna want. Red is for track use and only effective when really hot. Cant remember what yellow is better for.
 

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I get this every morning, my car is parked outside.It's the pads sticking to the discs and I just live with it.

It does it occasionally when I leave work in the evening too but only when it's been damp during the day.

My 106 GTi does it, but nowhere near as bad, only when I first use it for it's once weekly drive out (which I expect it to do, to be honest).
 

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I had mine in today, apparently it's the pads "bedding in" looked at the service sheet "scorched discs probably from brakes being on handbrake too long" great service from Peugeot.......
 
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