C3 Front Disc Brakes Binding or Rubbing

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A possible cause of the brake pads rubbing against the disc when the brake pedal is released could be due to the yoke not sliding back into position. The shaft the the yoke slides on should be very smooth and easy to move. If the grease has become contaminated or the shaft corroded you may find the pads don't move off the disc when the pedal is released.


This is a picture of the yoke or pad carrier after it has been removed form the hydraulic part of the calliper.
citroen C3 front brake pad carrier causing pads to rub
citroen C3 front brake pad carrier causing pads to rub


This is a close up of the parts that need checking for smooth and easy movement. The rubber gaiter should be undamaged and provide a good seal.
Rubbing brakes slider in position
Rubbing brakes slider in position


To remove the gaiter just pull the slider away from the yoke, the gaiter just pops back on the yoke with a push.
gaiter detached from yoke for inspection
gaiter detached from yoke for inspection

The movement should be smooth, if its rough or seized, this is probably the cause of your rubbing pads.
a smooth movement in the direction of the arrows. No rubbing or binding.
a smooth movement in the direction of the arrows. No rubbing or binding.

If yours are beyond repair, then you can often find the parts to repair the sliders and gaiters on ebay - here

The kit for the front brakes (one side).
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If you only require the rubber gaiter, then you could use the the repair kit (on ebay), which contains just the rubber parts needed.


If you need to change the pads then have a look at Euro Car Parts and enter your reg or select your model and year from the menu to find the right parts to match your car. You can also find the right brake discs here.
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Citroen C3 brake pads shim fitted
Citroen C3 brake pads shim fitted
If you find the shims broken, missing or badly corroded, you can find the shiny shims should be available here for the fronts.


Brake pad shims on a Citroen C3
Brake pad shims on a Citroen C3
Brake pad shims for a Citroen C3 (here)
citroen c3 front brake pad carrier with shims fitted
citroen c3 front brake pad carrier with shims fitted
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