brakes dragging

Asked by Dec 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM about the 1972 FIAT 124 Spider

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Haven't driven the car in a while. Store it with the emergency brake on.  Took it for a spin recently and the brakes were grabbing.  I tried to cycle the brakes and the emergency brakes.    Brakes still grabbed.

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May be some rust build up in the drums, it will wear off, but if the emergency break cable is frozen up a bit, could cause this also. You could see by lifting the rear end up and spinning the rear wheels, they should rotate with a slight drag.

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Your car, and all Spiders, have disc brakes on each wheel. Does the brake fluid level on your car remain relatively constant or do you need to add fluid frequently? I had a Datsun with one rear wheel that locked-up when I used anything more than moderate pressure on the brake pedal. Turns out that I had a bad seal on the rear drum brake and the leaking fluid had softened the brake lining. My Spider had water in the brake fluid when I bought the car. As a result two caliper pistons were extremely rusty. A rusty piston could be hanging up in the bore causing the brake to drag. Also, water in the fluid could cause the valve in the rear brake compensator to hang-up. My Spider had no pressure to the rear brakes until I replaced this valve. Raising the car and checking for free rotation of the wheels, as previously suggested, is easy to do and a good first step to troubleshoot the problem..

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