Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 03:56:14 GMT
From: "LC" <>
Subject: Re: How tough is it to replace rear calipers on a 1990 C900?

She bought the car at 83,700 in September last year. I think she's near 90K now. I'll do your test when I see the vehicle this weekend. Thanks! -LC "Dave Hinz" <> wrote in message > On Tue, 19 Jul 2005 00:51:25 GMT, LC <> wrote: >> Dave, >> >> Sorry I wasn't more specific. My sister in law had her front brakes >> replaced at the local midas shop. The front brakes and rotors replaced >> w/o >> a hitch, and she was also advised to do the rears as well. When they >> went >> to replace them, they told her that both calipers had seized up. There's >> no >> brake fluid leaking out or anything like that.. so I'm fairly certain >> that >> the brake lines are still good. > > Midas may not understand Saab's calipers. > >> It seems it was this way since she got the car.. as the rear pads were >> the >> originals.(saab original part #'s on them and all). Since they were >> going >> to rape her on parts and labor, she opted to drive the car back home and >> park it... and have me take care of it. > > So far so good. I agree with that decision. > >> This is why I asked how tough it >> was. She has another car she can drive(the in laws have a few of them) >> until she's able to get going again. > > Well, other than the pads being original (sorry, forgot the mileage if > you mentioned it), what makes them and/or you think they'er actually > seized? An easy test would be to block one of the front wheels, and > then back up each back corner one at a time - spin the wheel, have > someone hit the brakes. If the wheel stops, they're not seized. Let's > rule out Midas profittering and/or ignorance first. > >> Anything special I need to know? Do I need to pressure bleed the brakes? >> etc? > > Maybe nothing. The rear brakes do 10-15% of the work, total. Rear pads > can last a very long time without anything at all being wrong. I've > never heard of one seizing, so being told that two have seized is > suspect to say the least. > > Dave Hinz >

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