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    Coasting drag or braking?

    Hi everyone,

    I recently bought an '03 CTS and have been noticing a drag when I coast (especially down a hill). The problem is evident when I let off the accelerator. It feels like the brakes are being applied lightly and if I were to not touch the accelerator or brake, I feel like my car would almost come to a stop. I also sometimes hear a clanking sound while this occurs. After some research here, I decided to replace the SWPS (steering wheel position sensor) which I did effectively this morning. This did NOT fix the problem. I do not have any lights on or any codes related to anything. No messages pop up. I am lost with this now. Can anyone help?

    Thank you!

    -Jim

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    I'd check your caliper hardware. Grab the caliper (not right after driving) and see if there is any freeplay.

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    Yeah does it pull in a certain direction? Someone also may have over tightened the parking brake. How much travel is in the pedal when you apply the e brake?

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    Re: Coasting drag or braking?

    put it in neutral and see if it still does it. yo will stop engine braking, driveline drag and all that would be left is the braking system or suspension components if there was a issue


    on a side note, the steering position sensor, did you do it yourself and how hard and long did it take?
    mine broke 4 yrs ago (maybe 5....) so i just unplugged it but i bought the sensor...

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    If the caliper moves at all replace the slider pins and boots. The boots are kinda a pita to get in. I just had to replace my hardware on the driverside and eliminated an annoying clank like washers hitting together from the caliper moving around and the brakes seemed to always be dragging on that side also. After this everything was solid like it should be and no more dragging. For parts your looking roughly $20. I put new clips on also

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    Re: Coasting drag or braking?

    The automatic transmission does have a "manual feel" when you let off the gas, programs its self to your driving style. That may be it. But that does not explain the clanking sound unless you have a transmission mount worn out, but that would be a clunk I believe (from what I have read).

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    Re: Coasting drag or braking?

    Quote Originally Posted by arogers260 View Post
    If the caliper moves at all replace the slider pins and boots. The boots are kinda a pita to get in. I just had to replace my hardware on the driverside and eliminated an annoying clank like washers hitting together from the caliper moving around and the brakes seemed to always be dragging on that side also. After this everything was solid like it should be and no more dragging. For parts your looking roughly $20. I put new clips on also
    I think I am going to need a caliper rebuild pretty soon. Do you have any pics of your caliper work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 454Casull View Post
    I think I am going to need a caliper rebuild pretty soon. Do you have any pics of your caliper work?
    No I didn't take any pics when I did this. Its a pretty simple and straight forward job though. The new boots are just a pita to put in, you'll need a rubber mallet and some patience because you can't get at them very well to give a good whack. To get the old ones out just use a flat head screwdriver or something similar and a hammer to pop them out. Put the slider pins in after but make sure you grease them.

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