It felt Super heavy as if parking brakes were engaged

Tiny
HUSSAIN ALMOUSA
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  • 2015 HYUNDAI ELANTRA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 45,000 MILES
The car was emitting a sound while driving close to squeaking, it was driven more after that fact then all of a sudden it felt super heavy as if parking brakes were engaged. Drove it a while further to parking lot and left it there because I didn't know if driving it would further increase the problem. I need to do a brake job can you help me please?
Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 AT 11:02 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Replacing rear brake pads and rotors really isn't too hard. You can expect to get around 30,000 miles from a set of pads, but that is based on driving habits and terrain. Changing them yourself can save you a lot. If you get lifetime parts from a parts store and do it yourself, you shouldn't have to pay for brake pad replacement again.

First, here is a link that shows in general how the process is done:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-rear-brake-pads-and-rotors

Here are the directions specific to your vehicle. The attached pics correlate with the directions.

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2015 Hyundai Elantra (MD) VIN KMH L4-1.8L
Rear Disc Brake - Repair Procedures
Vehicle Brakes and Traction Control Disc Brake System Service and Repair Removal and Replacement Rear Disc Brake - Repair Procedures
REAR DISC BRAKE - REPAIR PROCEDURES
ELANTRA(MD) > 2015 > G 1.8 MPI > Brake System
Removal
Remove the rear wheel & tire.
Tightening torque:
88.3 107.9 N.m (9.0 11.0 kgf.m, 65.1 79.6 lb-ft)
Release the parking brake lever and parking brake cable is loose.
Remove the parking brake cable (B), after removing the clip (A).

pic 1

NOTICE
Parking brake lever in the car must be in fully loosened position.
Remove the hose eyebolt (B).
Tightening torque:
Brake hose to caliper:
24.5 29.4 N.m (2.5 3.0 kgf.m, 18.1 21.7 lb-ft)

pic 2

Loosen the caliper mounting bolts (C), then remove the rear caliper assembly (A).
Tightening torque:
Caliper assembly to carrier (C) :
63.7 73.5 N.m (6.5 7.5 kgf.m, 47.0 54.2 lb-ft)
Remove the rear brake disc by loosening the screws (A).
Tightening torque:
4.9 5.9 N.m (0.5 0.6 kgf.m, 3.6 4.3 lb-ft)

pic 3

Replacement
Rear Brake Pads
Loosen the guide rod bolt (A, B) and then remove the rear caliper body (C).
Tightening torque:
21.6 31.4 N.m (2.2 3.2 kgf.m, 15.9 23.1 lb-ft)

pic 4

NOTICE
Where necessary prevent the guide rods from rotating with an appropriate wrench.
Be careful not to damage the dust covers.
Replace pad retainers (C) and brake pads (B) in the caliper carrier (A).

pic 5

NOTICE
Clean the pad retainer surface at the caliper bracket.
Inspect the piston boots for damage and replace if necessary.
Check the smooth action of the guide rods, and their dust covers for damage.
Inspection
Rear Brake Disc Thickness Check
Check the brake pads for wear and fade.
Check the brake disc for damage and cracks.
Remove all rust and contamination from the surface, and measure the disc thickness at 8 points, at least, of same distance (5mm) from the brake disc outer circle.
Brake disc thickness
Standard: 10 mm (0.394 in)
Service limit: 8.4 mm (0.331 in)
Deviation: less than 0.005 mm (0.0002 in)

pic 6

If wear exceeds the limit, replace the discs and pad assembly left and right of the vehicle.
Rear Brake Pad Check
Check the pad wear. Measure the pad thickness and replace it, if it is less than the specified value.
Pad thickness
Standard value: 10 mm (0.394 in)
Service limit: 2.0 mm (0.0787 in)
Check the damage of pad, backing metal and contamination with grease.
Rear Brake Disc Runout Check
Place a dial gauge about 5mm (0.2 in.) from the outer circumference of the brake disc, and measure the runout of the disc.
Brake disc runout
Limit: 0.04 mm (0.0016 in.) or less (new one)

pic 7

If the runout of the brake disc exceeds the limit specification, replace the disc, and then measure the runout again.
If the runout exceeds the limit specification, install the brake disc after turning it 180° and then check the runout of the brake disc again.
If the runout cannot be corrected by changing the position of the brake disc, replace the brake disc.
Installation
Installation is the reverse of removal.
Use a SST (09580-0U000) when installing the brake caliper assembly.

pic 8

NOTICE
Wind the piston into the caliper body until it is fully retracted.
Do not use any power assisted tools for this task.
Manually insert new screws from the brake pad and tighten the leading-pin bolt (A) first with specified torque, following this tighten the trailing-pin bolt (B) in the same manner.

pic 9

After installation, bleed the brake system.
(Refer to Brake System Bleeding)
NOTICE
Bring the brake pads in their operating position by pressing the brake pedal down (half of normal pedal travel) several times until there is resistance.
In order to bed the brake pads to the brake disc and ensure performance and endurance, the vehicle user must be instructed to avoid heavy braking or sustained periods with the brakes applied, for the first 200km(124mile) after installing new pads.
Re-setting of the parking brake is necessary after overhauling the caliper body, or if the brake calipers, caliper body, parking brake cable or brake discs have been changed.
Parking Brake Adjustment
NOTICE
Re-setting of the parking brake is necessary after overhauling the caliper body, or if the brake calipers, housing, parking brake cable or brake discs have been changed.
Remove the floor console to reach the adjusting nut.
Loosen the parking brake cable until both operating levers rest in fully off position.
Bring the brake pads in their operating position by pressing the brake pedal down several times until there is resistance.
Tension the parking brake cable by tightening the adjusting nut, until the operating levers on both calipers lift from the stop, up to a distance of (A) and (D) between operating lever (B) and stopper (C).
Distance (A+D): Max. 3 mm (0.12 in)

pic 10

Refit the floor console.
Parking brake lever in the car must be in fully loosened position.
If the handbrake cables where changed, actuate the parking brake a few times with maximum force to stretch the parking brake cables, and then control adjusting as above.
Check the wheels of their free operation.
Test drive.

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I hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.

Take care and God Bless,

Joe
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