Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 20:35:51 +0000
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: Brake Caliper Causing Pull?

levi wrote: > My 89 9000 developed a pull to the right after sitting > undriven for awhile. I thought I needed an alignment, > so I took it to the local Midas muffler shop because I > also needed a new stop shopping... > > They claimed that I had a front brake caliper that wouldn't > retract and so needed an expensive caliper replacement. > I don't trust these guys much...can this happen and can > the caliper be "fixed"? This can happen when a car's been standing for a while. This usually fixes it. Do the following to each of the front calipers, one at a time. Remove the brake pads. Unbolt the caliper, without disconnecting the hydraulic hose. Lubricate the slide pins. Get someone to pump the brakes 4-5 times while you watch the caliper. This will push the piston out most of the way. Be careful not to pump the piston out all the way. Use a G clamp to retract the piston. Repeat this 2-3 times. Refit the caliper and pads. While you're doing this, examine the calipers for leaks. If you find any, then you need to either rebuild or replace both calipers. Some people will rebuild or replace only one, but this isn't a good idea. -- Grunff

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