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brakes stick after washing


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I have a 2007 Boxster with 6500 miles on it - bought it about 2 months ago. The brakes stick if it sits for a few days after washing the car and backing it into the garage. I do not set the emergency brake. The last time I had difficulty getting it to move either forward or backward, and that was after driving it around the block applying the brakes before garaging. I had this problem with my 97 993 also, but not nearly so severe. Suggestions? Thanks!

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A common problem ... the rotors show surface rust within minutes of water contact. I blow dry water off with a cordless leaf blower (really!)

and always drive out to a 45MPH road for both engine warm-up and additional blow-drying. That does it for me.

Probably just more than around the block is all it'll take.

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Are all the brakes sticking or just one? Surface rust formed on the rotors after washing should not cause them to drag. You will get some noise when you first apply the brakes but nothing noticeable enough to put drag on the vehicle. If only one rotor is sticking then you have a brake caliper that is sticking. A lot of times a sticky caliper will loosen up once you start driving but over time it will wear one pad prematurely. As a first measure of inspection I would pull all the wheels and inspect each brake pad thickness. If one or more pad is considerably thinner than the rest then you may have a sticking rotor on that caliper. The rusty rotors may make it more pronounced. If all four rotors are sticking, which is very uncommon, then you have deeper issues such as ABS, PSM or hydraulic components. Good luck. :)

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