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Galaxy front brake springs

Started by Caitlin, January 28, 2022, 08:34:39 PM

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Hey everyone! Long time no speak, hope you are all doing well..

My galaxy has just past its MoT with zero advisories yay, but the tester noted the front brake springs aren't fitted correctly. He had gone home by the time I collected it but can someone tell me what's wrong and how easy it is to fix? Thankyou!

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No I do not have kids. I need a people carrier for all my shoes! :)

They don't look right in the photos but its a bit hard to tell with the wheel on. usually they are fairly easy to fit, you just use a pair of pliers on them to move them, just needs the wheel off to see whats going on better.

Don't know if both sides are the same, it may be they have got put on the wrong side?

Thanks Brian. Both sides are the same and I rang the tester today who didn't really help as he just said they aren't fitted correctly. Will have another look tomorrow with the wheel off.
No I do not have kids. I need a people carrier for all my shoes! :)

Maybe another owner of a mk3 can help you, but putting the details I think match your vehicle in comes back with a totally different looking spring?
https://www.eurocarparts.com/p/pagid-brake-pad-fitting-accessory-107110378
Obviously you have your reg number so may get a better match but the attached seems to be whats suggested, totally different? Maybe thats what the issue is, a pic with the wheel off might help there?

January 30, 2022, 09:44:22 AM #4 Last Edit: January 30, 2022, 10:10:21 AM by Mirez
Those look like Mk2 V6 brake callipers to me which are the same as the Transporter. Its a really crap photo but something like this:

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What year / model is your car Caitlin?
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Thanks boys. I took the wheel off and replaced the spring in the only other logical position I could think of. Does it look right to you?

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No I do not have kids. I need a people carrier for all my shoes! :)

It's a 2005 Ghia 150
No I do not have kids. I need a people carrier for all my shoes! :)

To me the second pic you posted looks correct - as the spring is actually doing something in that setup, pulling the caliper against the bracket. Also looks the same setup as the orange one Mirez posted above that, so think you've got it sorted now.

Bear in mind that the spring is there to put enough tension on the pad to keep it off the surface of the brake rotor when you are not applying the brakes, this should help you work out how to put it on.

Mine got stuck the other day and it was awful, I had to use the jet washer to help get it unstuck. But was an easy fix. Just worrying when it feels like the brake is stuck.

Maybe take it to a fast fit garage and ask them to take a quick look? Always be extra safe with brakes.

Also I bet that lovely Ghia model Galaxy of yours is amazing, your wheels look so clean so I bet it's in mint condition too
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all. Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

The spring isn't there to pull the brake pads off, its there to pull the brake caliper into the correct position. Also with the later pics its clearly attached to the pad on the MK3 so replaced with new pads (better than trying to find the right fitting kit I guess).

If you find your brakes are sticking on enough to need a jetwasher to release them, it sounds like something is wrong there to me. You sure you haven't got a sticky caliper? Particually if its the rear on the mk2 the calipers aren't the best of designs and do stick in place. The only proper fix I've found there is to replace the caliper, though thats not as bad as it could be as they can be found fairly cheaply.

As Bryan said the spring does not pull pads off disk when not braking,it holds floating calipers square and acts as an anti rattle device. To have a jammed on brake caliper sounds like you need to strip it down and take a good look,if it was that bad I would suggest replacing the caliper.

A jet washer to free off a sticking brake..... how's that work?

Quote from: johnnyroper on February 14, 2022, 03:20:21 PM
As Bryan said the spring does not pull pads off disk when not braking,it holds floating calipers square and acts as an anti rattle device. To have a jammed on brake caliper sounds like you need to strip it down and take a good look,if it was that bad I would suggest replacing the caliper.

A jet washer to free off a sticking brake..... how's that work?

I do wonder the same thing, really what I should have said is if you have to play about with the brake theres something more wrong than just needing a bit of cleaning?

@SirDavidAlhambra  - Front or rear brake are we talking here?

With thanks to you all as I took it back to the MoT tester and they said its now installed correctly. I've also lost the steering wheel wobble when I brake so really happy!  [GJ]
No I do not have kids. I need a people carrier for all my shoes! :)

Quote from: Caitlin on February 15, 2022, 11:27:52 AM
With thanks to you all as I took it back to the MoT tester and they said its now installed correctly. I've also lost the steering wheel wobble when I brake so really happy!  [GJ]
Thanks for posting back, always good to see a response confirming you got it fixed for others in the future that might have the same issue.

Hello everyone, it was the front brake callipers that was sticking. The car felt as if I had my foot lightly on the brake... it would roll to a halt very quickly and needed more throttle to drive along normally. It was like this for about 5 miles until I got home and blasted all the brakes with brake cleaner and the jet washer. Then it seemed to be fine and it hasn't done it again since. Could it have been a stone or grit or something? Either way it felt really odd to drive as if something was holding the car back. To this day I still have no idea what it was!
I drive a Seat Alhambra 1.9Tdi which has 115bhp and an automatic gearbox.

I am happy to help you with all your questions. I am not a qualified mechanic but seem to be better at fixing my car than even the most experienced garages.

I have lots of friends here and very much enjoy talking with you all. Always remember, a motor car is a serious tool and should be treated with respect. Put your safety first, always.

More likely its either rust buildup, or an issue with the piston not releasing in the caliper. I've had problems where the caliper would stick on down to the flexible hose, replacement of that stopped the problem (after trying the caliper first which made no difference).