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Squealing and Dragging Brakes

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I have a 2003 996 turbo with PCCBs and the original factory rotors as far as I can tell.  Since I've had the car I've had loud squealing coming from the brakes intermittently with light brake pressure.  I took it in to the dealership for some other work, asked them about this, and they said it was normal.  However, I later put it on a lift and noticed that when I turn the front wheels with my hand there is quite a lot of resistance and a brushing or scraping type sound which sounds like it is coming from the brakes.  The wheels do not spin freely at all.  Both front wheels are the same.  The rears are similar but have less resistance.


Is this normal?  Is it possibly related to the squealing brake issue I've had?


I'd appreciate any insight.  Thanks.

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The PCCB's are a bit more noisy than steel, and can show some drag, but what you describe sounds excessive. I would say the system needs closer inspection by someone familiar with PCCB's  If some of the brake component's need to be replaced, be ready for sticker shock as the front rotors alone retail for about $11K.

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JFP in PA,


Oh, I know well the cost of replacement rotors - that's why I'm so paranoid about anything to do with the brakes on this car :biggrin:


A user on another forum suggested that washing the brake area may stop the pads from sticking.  I'm going to try that and then if that doesn't help I might have to take it in to see an expert.


Thanks for the feedback.

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Ok, I have 2003 with PCCBs.


Yes the dust buildup will make them noisy, a wash often helps. Take a look at my brake squeal DIY on another contributor. 


On the drag, remember the car is AWD, the 2 front wheels are connected through a differential, you turn one wheel the other wheel will turn in the opposite direction. Much more inertia and "drag"

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