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Old 05-10-2009, 04:45 PM
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Front caliper stuck?

When I was getting an alignment the tech said my front passenger caliper might be broken. When he spun the whole wheel assembly there was some drag compared to the other wheels. It seems like the piston might not be retracting all the way in and I also noticed the car seems to drift to the right when I am driving.

I would imagine if the caliper was pushing unnecessarily against the pad it would cause premature wear but the brake pads are wearing evenly as far as I can tell?

Can the caliper be cleaned/lubed or should I just replace with new/used OEM calipers?

Or could the symptom of the wheel not spinning as freely as the other wheels be a completely different problem all together?
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Re: Front caliper stuck?

You can rebuild it, but if you've never done it and don't have the tools or time, reman replacement would be much easier
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Re: Front caliper stuck?

Calipers can freeze after a while, my back ones were when I bought it so I just replaced them all...
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Re: Front caliper stuck?

it could also be your brake hose breaking down. nothing else should cause drag on that side unless your wheel bearing is comletely shot, but i doubt that. you can jack the car up and try rocking the tire back and forth, if it moves then you need a bearing. if not, then it is fine.
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Re: Front caliper stuck?

most of the time its just a seized slider rod which can be replaced, sometimes the rubber seals tears away and the slider bolt gets siezed!
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Re: Front caliper stuck?

Just take a few hours and rebuild your calipers. It's a fun learning experience. :) Although make sure it's not something else that's causing the problem first. And I know first-hand that a fubar'd wheel bearing can cause a LOT of problems... So check that too.
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Re: Front caliper stuck?

I had a similar problem (driver side) and just replaced the caliper for like $45. However, I was on-call for work (had to be back on the road in 20 mins) and had little choice. Try to rebuild it yourself if possible and you have the time to do so. Never know, might save a little money.
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Re: Front caliper stuck?

Where do you get parts to rebuild it?

Seems like this would have been a good deal
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/97-01...#ht_2004wt_786
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Re: Front caliper stuck?

IMO there's nothing wrong with getting Remanufactured calipers from the local parts store. I've never had a problem going that route. Faster + cheaper.
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Re: Front caliper stuck?

if you can't compress the caliper take off the flex line then try. If you can compress the caliper then your flex line has collapsed.... Replace flex line and your good to go. But if the caliper still won't compress then rebuild it or buy a rebuilt caliper.
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Re: Front caliper stuck?

Wheres the flex line?
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Re: Front caliper stuck?

So can someone tell me where the flex line is? Is it the same as the brake line?

I bought some used calipers for dirt cheap. I cleaned them up and I'm wondering if I need to put grease on any parts or should they be bone dry when I install them (other than the piston and and two pins?)

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