Date: 19 Jul 2005 14:14:57 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: How tough is it to replace rear calipers on a 1990 C900?

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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