Date: 19 Jul 2005 02:34:29 -0700
From: "yaofeng" <>
Subject: Re: How tough is it to replace rear calipers on a 1990 C900?

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. > 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. 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. > > Anything special I need to know? Do I need to pressure bleed the brakes? > etc? > > Thanks! > -LC > Not everyone knows SAAB has this rear brake setup that you have to mechanically back-out the screw which advances the brake pads by the hand brake action in addition to hydraulically pressing the pads by foot action. There is a possibility the your local Midas shop mis-diagnosed the caliper seize up. The calipers may have been good. They just need to be loosened to remove the pads by turning a screw with an allen wrench after removing a cover bolt on the caliper. It is not possible to remove the rear brake pads without first loosening the screw in each rear caliper. Forcing the pads loose by mechanical means will destroy the caliper.

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