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caliper spring adjustment

on the rear drivers side caliper the inside pad keeps wearing down within a week completely. the caliper is brand new. the po messed with the spring loaded adjustment on the back or inside of the caliper and im assuming that is the problem. everything else has been ruled out. how do i exactly adjust this to not have the pad wear down ?
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Re: caliper spring adjustment

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Re: caliper spring adjustment

any help guys?
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Re: caliper spring adjustment

not trying to be an asshole here, but you're sure you're installing it correctly? that spring is just the return spring for your e-brake. there isn't an adjustment for it. if the spring IS the cause, you need a whole no caliper. i can't look at my car as its like 4k miles away right now, but i'm pretty sure you can't just swap that spring out or adjust it. i maybe wrong if someone wants to look at theirs and try and figure it out.

with the car up in the air and the e-brake off, is the effected wheel difficult to turn? if one pad is wearing within a week, you should notice a good bit of resistance. the only thing i can think of the outside pad isn't making any contact with the rotor. all the force is applied to the inner pad. meaning the caliper is seized. (not the piston) brakes work off newtons third law as hydraulic pressure pushes the piston and the inside pad the hydraulic pressure also pushes in the caliper in the opposite direction drawing the outside pad towards the rotor till all the forces equal. and thats not happeneing which leads me to believe the caliper is seized.
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not trying to be an asshole here, but you're sure you're installing it correctly? that spring is just the return spring for your e-brake. there isn't an adjustment for it. if the spring IS the cause, you need a whole no caliper. i can't look at my car as its like 4k miles away right now, but i'm pretty sure you can't just swap that spring out or adjust it. i maybe wrong if someone wants to look at theirs and try and figure it out.

with the car up in the air and the e-brake off, is the effected wheel difficult to turn? if one pad is wearing within a week, you should notice a good bit of resistance. the only thing i can think of the outside pad isn't making any contact with the rotor. all the force is applied to the inner pad. meaning the caliper is seized. (not the piston) brakes work off newtons third law as hydraulic pressure pushes the piston and the inside pad the hydraulic pressure also pushes in the caliper in the opposite direction drawing the outside pad towards the rotor till all the forces equal. and thats not happeneing which leads me to believe the caliper is seized.
i know how brakes work, and the caliper is brand new. literally not even 200 miles on it. and the spring and cable swap from the old caliper as they r not actually a part of the caliper. and i did all other 3 brakes and all worked fine and still are so i dont think its my error or ingorance. the only thing that was tampered with was this cable and even if it is the e brake return cable then maybe its too tight and not returning all the way? i should assume so, but now im simply asking how(basically which way on the inside and outside nuts) to adust it to return less or more open to then not be holding the pad in.
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i know how brakes work, and the caliper is brand new. literally not even 200 miles on it. and the spring and cable swap from the old caliper as they r not actually a part of the caliper. and i did all other 3 brakes and all worked fine and still are so i dont think its my error or ingorance. the only thing that was tampered with was this cable and even if it is the e brake return cable then maybe its too tight and not returning all the way? i should assume so, but now im simply asking how(basically which way on the inside and outside nuts) to adust it to return less or more open to then not be holding the pad in.
So why did you replace the caliper in the first place? Just curious, have you replaced the rotors as well? Are you sure there isn't any wreckage damage to that side of the car?

So once you get the wheel up in the air and the e brake off can you spin the wheel? if not then you need to back off on your e brake cable but I thought that was done right there at the handle inside the car? You may have a bad e brake cable this happened on my 2nd Gen Prelude.
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So why did you replace the caliper in the first place? Just curious, have you replaced the rotors as well? Are you sure there isn't any wreckage damage to that side of the car?

So once you get the wheel up in the air and the e brake off can you spin the wheel? if not then you need to back off on your e brake cable but I thought that was done right there at the handle inside the car? You may have a bad e brake cable this happened on my 2nd Gen Prelude.
the caliper piston blew out and i didnt wanna deal with it and didnt trust it, and how do i go about loosening the cable now? just tighten the adjustment nuts out or in ?
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and the caliper is brand new. literally not even 200 miles on it. and the spring and cable swap from the old caliper as they r not actually a part of the caliper. and i did all other 3 brakes and all worked fine and still are so i dont think its my error or ingorance. the only thing that was tampered with was this cable and even if it is the e brake return cable then maybe its too tight and not returning all the way? i should assume so, but now im simply asking how(basically which way on the inside and outside nuts) to adust it to return less or more open to then not be holding the pad in.
rearry? you had the swap the spring?? i just did a rear caliper on my 5th gen a few months ago and it came with the spring. and by the way, i've bought bad parts from an auto parts store before. just saying.. its a possibility. is the caliper new or rebuilt? i doubt anyone on this site can give you an exact answer that they know to be 100% correct as to which way to turn the adjustment screw. so what i say to that, trial and error my friend. but before you do that i ask, so did you install the new caliper or did someone else?? if it was you, turn it in the opposite direction you did to install it. if not take it to the idiot who swapped the spring, tell them they suck and they need to redo it... oh and pay you for the new pads you had to buy.

i'm still confused that you had to swap the spring in the first place. i've swapped calipers before on cars other then preludes and they've all came with springs.
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rearry? you had the swap the spring?? i just did a rear caliper on my 5th gen a few months ago and it came with the spring. and by the way, i've bought bad parts from an auto parts store before. just saying.. its a possibility. is the caliper new or rebuilt? i doubt anyone on this site can give you an exact answer that they know to be 100% correct as to which way to turn the adjustment screw. so what i say to that, trial and error my friend. but before you do that i ask, so did you install the new caliper or did someone else?? if it was you, turn it in the opposite direction you did to install it. if not take it to the idiot who swapped the spring, tell them they suck and they need to redo it... oh and pay you for the new pads you had to buy.

i'm still confused that you had to swap the spring in the first place. i've swapped calipers before on cars other then preludes and they've all came with springs.
yea the caliper was bnib and i did it but it didt come with the spring, and yea i guess ill just see which way loosens it, and yea i should haha but im not about to chase him down.
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