Stored STi while in Iraq and Brake Pads Rub While Driving...WHY??
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    Stored STi while in Iraq and Brake Pads Rub While Driving...WHY??

    Hello all,

    Well I just got back from 7 months in Iraq, and took all the precautions with storing my 04 STi: Fresh Fuel with Stabalizer, Fresh Synth Oil, Air'd up my old stock tires to prevent flat spots, sprayed WD-40 on undercarage, eng compartment, and brakes to prevent rusting, washed and waxed, hell I even stored the car in a Car Capsule(see bubble)

    When I took the car out of storage the other week it was just like I left it. I "un-stored" the car and went to drive it, and it sounded like the brake pads were rubbing the rotors as I drove. I have driven it about 10 slow miles to identify the problem and I believe it is isolated to the rear brake pads rubbing the rotors when I drive. At speed you can slightly smell the pads rubbing as if someone left the E-brake on.

    Note: when the car was stored I left it in 1st gear, and had the emergency brake on. I also checked the "disengaged" gap between the pads and rotors with a .010 feeler gauge and there is NO GAP. I cycle the brake pedal and the pads hardly move.

    Can anyone help

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    I would check/clean/grease the sliding pin/bolt that the calipers move on, it's probly rusted from lack of movement/use.
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    I believe the ebrake on a STi uses a different system, not the typical cable to rear caliper system you find on most cars. You probably have to take the caliper off to inspect the ebrake mechanism itself. I would check to make sure all internals parts can move freely and not frozen.

    Here's a couple pics found on scoobymods.
    http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4247

    good luck!
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I am upgrading to DBA rotors and Porterfield pads this weekend so I will inspect the calipers and drain and service the brake fluid too.

    Thanks for the help
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    Definatly something with the e-brake. Good luck, and let us know what it actually was after you upgrade your rotors.

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    Leaving the e brake on for that length of time might have locked it up. No big deal and since the rotors are coming off anyway you will find out your problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PolarisSnT View Post
    Leaving the e brake on for that length of time might have locked it up. No big deal and since the rotors are coming off anyway you will find out your problem.
    If the rotors will come off with the ebrake "engaged."
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