Brakes "clonk" when reversing..

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Les & Claire, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. Les & Claire

    Les & Claire Guest

    got a 240 estate, B Reg with an odd "clonk" to the brakes when
    reversing / parking.. there is a noticeable judder when it
    happens..handbrake is pretty ineffective too. What should I be looking for
    on pulling the wheels off...?

    Les & Claire, Aug 4, 2003
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  2. Someone else may have a more definitive answer than this, but on the 700
    series there are spring clips on the pads that help to keep them tightly in
    position to help prevent that type of noise.

    I'd look for:
    1) loose/broken caliper pins/bolts
    2) missing/worn/broken pad springs
    3) other loose/worn parts

    Can you make it clonk repeatedly by reversing direction without letting off
    the brakes? Assuming it's more towards the front of the car?

    Nice sig line, BTW! ;-)

    Anthony Flint, Aug 4, 2003
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  3. Les & Claire

    Les & Claire Guest

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    ........ thanks Tony,
    no, it's to the rear. I seem to remember a
    very odd disk/drum arrangement on the 240. Pads on a drum for handbrake and
    large flanges off the drum for the callipers to press the pads on. It's due
    for MOT so perhaps I'll just shove it in for the test and use the failure
    report as a list of jobs to do.... it still stops, but don't park it on a
    slope!! Heh Heh.....


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    Les & Claire, Aug 6, 2003
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    Stuart Gray Guest

    The clonk seems to be pretty common, my 240 did, and both my 740's do. (same
    brakes) I think it's some kind of brake stop on the back plate that has a
    certain amount of travel that does it. It's never bothered me except the
    slight roll back when you apply the handbrake on a hill then release the
    footbrake does give some a "wee" panic.
    As to the ineffectual handbrake, assuming the cables are adjusted properly,
    it's caused by wear in two components in the handbrake system. Take off the
    combined disk/drum brake to see the handbrake parts. The two involved are
    the "cammed" puller bit the cable attaches too (operating lever?), and the
    thick plate held on with two bolts the cable comes through that the lever
    sits on. The first part flattens so the pull doesn't move it as much, and
    the second rounds out, causing the same. replacing both gives you a
    handbrake that will stick you too a wall. At least it did on my C reg :)

    Stuart Gray, Aug 6, 2003
  5. From a point at sea, to the circles of your mind, this is Stuart Gray:
    Ditto. I've had several 200s and a 700 and they've all clonked.
    I recently replaced the handbrake shoes on mine. The 1mm of wear (or
    thereabouts) on the lining material translated into 3 inches of cable
    adjustment, and a non-working handbrake became usable again.


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    Stewart Hargrave, Aug 6, 2003
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    Stuart Gray Guest

    Ooops, I forgot to include "make sure shoes are good" eh? Thanks Stewart

    Stuart :)
    Stuart Gray, Aug 6, 2003
  7. Les & Claire

    Les & Claire Guest

    ........ thanks all, reassuring about the "clonk" ... it's the first thing
    you think about when you see a roundabout sign on the A303 at 75.......
    I've tried winding the nut between the front seats to no noticeable effect.
    New pads next then I think....


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    "Oh Bother!" said the Borg, "We've assimilated Pooh!"

    "That's 10 times I've explained binary to you. I won't tell you a 3rd time!"
    Les & Claire, Aug 7, 2003
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