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I have a 10000 mile Spider and every time I drive it I hear the rear pads touching the discs with every rotation. Never had it on any other cars. It's as if there's a tiny amount of residual pressure in the system keeping the pads on the disc. After 10 miles the audible cyclic scraping is reduced but its still there. And once you know its there, you can just hear it so it becomes a bit annoying.
Fiat dealer says there's nothing wrong. Well they would I suppose. Clearly there's a bit of run out on the disc - I suppose I could measure that, but really it needs to be done with the suspension loaded as it could be exacerbated with worn wheel bearings.
It's a gentle scraping noise - the sort of noise you might get if the discs had overnight surface rust. 3 or 4 heavy brake applications reduce it significantly. But occasionally you can park it, do some shopping and its still there half an hour later. Any ideas?
 

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If you notice damage on the disk, it's likely a caliper that's seizing. I would take it to the dealer.
 

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Yes, good call - I hadn't considered a sticky piston. It's back at the dealer today getting a new soft top - under warranty - so have asked them (again) to look at the brakes + and the clutch, as gear changes are notchy and often crunchy even with your foot fully planted all the way down.
 

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On the transmission note, try switching to Amsoil Synchromesh. It really smooths out the shift.
 

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Yes, good call - I hadn't considered a sticky piston. It's back at the dealer today getting a new soft top - under warranty - so have asked them (again) to look at the brakes + and the clutch, as gear changes are notchy and often crunchy even with your foot fully planted all the way down.
Please keep us updated on your dealer visit, Fergus. If you are in need of any additional assistance, our team would be more than happy to assist. We are just a private message away.

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Well thanks Mark. Grays of Warwick have just called to say sorry, but the new roof is now too tight and won't close, and they will have to order special rivets and try again - and the car won't be ready till Tuesday at the earliest. It went in yesterday at 9am. So far they haven't looked at the gearshift or clutch but I'd imagine that unless Amsoil Syncromesh is Mopar approved and carried in stock, they'll leave the lubrication alone. But certainly the change is worse in cold weather so viscosity is playing a part. But can't the clutch free pedal movement be adjusted on these cars?
 

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Collected the Spider today - so it took a week to fit the new hood. Looks taut and fresh, but the sideglass seal is deformed on the driver's side, with what looks like a twist on the shot moulding. I did mention it but clearly it was deemed OK and fit for purpose. When I asked about the clutch it was again pronounced perfect, and no work was undertaken, but I still managed a 2nd gear crunch on the way back, despite deliberately pushing the pedal as far as it will go. So all in all I think I've exhausted the expertise available in my local dealership, so will have to look further afield next time.
 

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Collected the Spider today - so it took a week to fit the new hood. Looks taut and fresh, but the sideglass seal is deformed on the driver's side, with what looks like a twist on the shot moulding. I did mention it but clearly it was deemed OK and fit for purpose. When I asked about the clutch it was again pronounced perfect, and no work was undertaken, but I still managed a 2nd gear crunch on the way back, despite deliberately pushing the pedal as far as it will go. So all in all I think I've exhausted the expertise available in my local dealership, so will have to look further afield next time.
Hi Fergus,

I'm very sorry to hear that you are still experiencing this concern after getting your Spider back. Given your situation, I would be happy to escalate a case on your behalf to one of our case specialists for further assistance. This will allow us to formally document your concerns, as well as gives your case specialist the chance to connect with your dealer to ensure all possible avenues of assistance are explored regarding your concern. Please follow up with me via private message to get the process started.

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