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Subaru Legacy, Brakes, Sedan
#1 of 102 Breaks Sticking
Feb 05, 2007 (12:10 pm)
I have a 93 Subaru Legacy. I bought after it had sat for 2 years and just needed a battery. I put the battery in and it runs great, Changed the oil and checked all the other major fluids. I have only found a few problems I am hoping I can fix myself. The first is yesterday I was driving I applied the breaks and when I released them the car would not move forward I had to give it a lot of gas and I could smell the breaks smoking. I parked the car let it sit for about 2 hours then pumped the breaks and they seemed to release. I can feel them sticking a bit. also the Speedometer does not work and the rear hatch release is broken. Sorry for the long post but wanted to get all the information out there. Any help would be appreciated.
#2 of 102 Re: Breaks Sticking [adalvare]
Feb 05, 2007 (1:16 pm)
I'd say you need to rebuild the calipers or at the least get them off and re-grease the sliders so that they retract.
#3 of 102 Re: Breaks Sticking [paisan]
Feb 05, 2007 (1:36 pm)
Do you think I could take it to my Mechanic and ask him to grease the sliders without sounding like an idiot? Any recomendations would be great.
#4 of 102 Re: Breaks Sticking [adalvare]
Feb 05, 2007 (1:41 pm)
Yeah he should know exactly what you mean when you ask him to grease the sliders, if he doesn't, never return to that mechanic!
#5 of 102 Re: Breaks Sticking [paisan]
Feb 05, 2007 (1:52 pm)
I am taking it over tomorrow. Do you know anything about the Speedometer or the rear hatch. I think if I can get the hatch open I should be able to replace the handle. As for the speedometer, The previous owner said he never had and issue. Could sitting for 2 years have caused this?
#6 of 102 Re: Breaks Sticking [adalvare]
Feb 05, 2007 (1:54 pm)
Not sure on the speedo, sitting for years could have siezed up the cable for the speedo, as it needs to move to be lubricated.
#7 of 102 Re: Breaks Sticking [adalvare]
Feb 05, 2007 (2:08 pm)
Could also be a master cylinder / vacuum booster issue. Had that once on a Ford truck. Did the pedal stay low after you pressed it? I used to have to pull mine up with my toe to get the brakes to release.
#8 of 102 Re: Breaks Sticking [fibber2]
Feb 05, 2007 (3:50 pm)
It's possible, but more likely after sitting the sliders are not lubricated.
#9 of 102 Re: Breaks Sticking [paisan]
Feb 05, 2007 (8:45 pm)
Agree. Just gave him somewhere else to look first before taking it in for service. You had already covered the most likely, I gave him a secondary item to check. Tag team diagnosis...
#10 of 102 Re: Breaks Sticking [fibber2]
Feb 05, 2007 (9:22 pm)
Excellent! Another thing you should do regardless is fully flush the brake system as the fluid is hydroscopic and only has a 2 year life span whether it is being used or sitting. It will absorb moisture and be very mushy.