Went out Saturday afternoon and got about 500 yds - used the brakes a couple of times before the end of the 500 yds - but then all hell broke loose....surely that horrible "gauntlet down a chalkboard" couldn't be MY car....but it was :-(
I gingerly limped home and parked up.........after a lot of rolling back and forth with the windows down, I concluded it must be the wear strip in one of the rear brake pads. I had one of theose eureka moments when I remembered one of the advisories on the last MOT, which was that the rear brake pads were quite low. I duly went out and bought the rear pads and blew the dust off the calliper tool box.
Thought I'd attempt the job this afternoon.
Turns out the noise isn't coming from the rear at all, it's as the title of the post suggests, off-side front.
The front pads and discs were replaced December/January gone and the outer pad is still quite thick - this was worrying in itself!
I spent 2 hrs trying to get the front wheel off with all the usual gentle persuaders (rubber mallet, length of 2"x2", both feet) and nearly knocked the car off the jack and axle stand!
I managed to separate the wheel from the stub axle enough to allow the disc to rotate behind and lo and behold, there was that awful noise. it's almost like that metal cover plate is screeching against the disc rotor, but I guess it isn't.
I gave up and everything is now back together :-(
I have three questions.
Firstly, if it's the inner pad, knowing that the outer pad is still quite thick, why would the inner one wear out so quick? Also, I'm sure it's the inner pad that has the electrical connection and wear strip embedded - why no lights on the dashboard?
Secondly, if it's not the inner pad, what the bloody hell is it???
Lastly, without damaging my wheel or cracking the disc rotor or suspension, how on earth can I get the wheel off the stub axle?? Grrrrrr!!