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Re: Hand brake sticking on

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 2:21 pm
by SkodaVRS1963
C2atb wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:19 pm
After washing is a nightmare , just the other day I washed and put protection on went for a drive after usually sorts it but this time the following day bear in mind I park on a steep drive I pressed the brake clutch in let of brake and an almighty bang followed by scraping noises all the way to the end of the road .
Does this scenario cause any long-term damage?

My story is this; the brakes used to seize on my old Ford Puma after I'd washed it (that'll give you an idea of how long ago this happened) and ever since then I have never used a handbrake when parked at home, just leave it in gear and never had the problem again.

However, the Kodiaq is the first automatic I've driven so wasn't sure whether I could do that. So, I washed it on 10th September and then put it in the garage for a week (I was on annual leave and we use the wife's car to potter about).

Fast forward to the following Monday and the thing would *not* budge after I'd released the handbrake. Now I park in a fairly tight garage so the option to just floor the accelerator wasn't an option.

Anyway, I managed to get it going in the end but there was a "thud thud thud" whilst driving which quickened the faster I went.

And then when I backed into a parking space at work there was an *almighty* bang followed by a ding-dong and a warning sign which flashed up on the dash. I caught something about "excessive braking"? That was the least of my worries, I was absoluitely convinced I'd backed into something, the bang was that loud and shook the car (I'm actually surprised the airbags weren't triggered).

So I got out, walked around to the back of the Kodiaq fully expecting to see mangled metal and nothing; I was a good six inches away from bushes (nothing solid back there at all).

I'm guessing that was related to the initial sticking?

My worry is there may be damage in there that - the Skoda Connect vehichle health check reports no defects so......any thoughts?

Re: Hand brake sticking on

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:02 pm
by Old and Grumpy
SkodaVRS1963 wrote:
Sun Oct 27, 2019 2:21 pm
C2atb wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:19 pm
After washing is a nightmare , just the other day I washed and put protection on went for a drive after usually sorts it but this time the following day bear in mind I park on a steep drive I pressed the brake clutch in let of brake and an almighty bang followed by scraping noises all the way to the end of the road .
Does this scenario cause any long-term damage?

My story is this; the brakes used to seize on my old Ford Puma after I'd washed it (that'll give you an idea of how long ago this happened) and ever since then I have never used a handbrake when parked at home, just leave it in gear and never had the problem again.

However, the Kodiaq is the first automatic I've driven so wasn't sure whether I could do that. So, I washed it on 10th September and then put it in the garage for a week (I was on annual leave and we use the wife's car to potter about).

Fast forward to the following Monday and the thing would *not* budge after I'd released the handbrake. Now I park in a fairly tight garage so the option to just floor the accelerator wasn't an option.

Anyway, I managed to get it going in the end but there was a "thud thud thud" whilst driving which quickened the faster I went.

And then when I backed into a parking space at work there was an *almighty* bang followed by a ding-dong and a warning sign which flashed up on the dash. I caught something about "excessive braking"? That was the least of my worries, I was absoluitely convinced I'd backed into something, the bang was that loud and shook the car (I'm actually surprised the airbags weren't triggered).

So I got out, walked around to the back of the Kodiaq fully expecting to see mangled metal and nothing; I was a good six inches away from bushes (nothing solid back there at all).

I'm guessing that was related to the initial sticking?

My worry is there may be damage in there that - the Skoda Connect vehichle health check reports no defects so......any thoughts?
You washed it and put it in the garage for a week, so no time for the brake discs/pads to dry out, (poor air circulation in a closed garage!). With an automatic, as long as you are not parking on a steep slope, put it in "P" with the handbrake off. "P" will hold the car and the brake discs/pads will not be pressed tightly together so will have more chance of drying out.

Re: Hand brake sticking on

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:28 pm
by Silverbear
Interesting that so many of us are getting this. I get it when I wash the car the evening before. Very predictable and never had this on previous cars. It can only be the discs sticking to the pads so what is different about these?

Has anyone changed the pads or disks for 3rd party products and can report any change?

I have taken to doing a short drive after washing to dry the brakes but not yet sure if it has an effect since I don't wash it often having been schooled in the protective properties of mud.

Anyway, why are we washing these cars, SUV's look better muddy. Sports cars should be clean.

Re: Hand brake sticking on

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:54 pm
by C2atb
It’s not normal , maybe after a long time . I would love to change them but warranty issues say no

Re: Hand brake sticking on

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:29 pm
by old man
It’s not normal
Afraid it is, I've had the same thing on more than one car prior to the Kodiaq.
Best thing to do after washing the car is to drive around the block as Silverbear says, which will blow excess water away from the pads and discs. Also, gently apply the brakes whilst driving along which also helps dry them out.
If you can't or don't want to drive round the block, when next using the car disengage the parking brake manually via the switch rather than just driving off and letting the system do it automatically. Depending on how long the car has been standing since washing, this is preferable to just driving off.
Beware now that winter approaches, as washing the car and then leaving the excess water to freeze to the pads and discs is even worse. Much better to drive round the block after washing in this scenario.
Yes it's a pain in the derrier, but it's reality, so taking precautionary measures will depend on how much you care for your car.