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they be rebuilt? I upgraded the rear calipers on my Viggen to the 9-5 floating calipers. I was a little inexperienced at the time and upon removing the rear fixed calipers, I left them AS IS in some bag. It's been like 9 years and now I'm thinking "Why didn't I just remove the pistons, clean them out and lube them for potential future use?" Even though I don't technically need them, this would have been the wise thing to do. Now I want to do this, being more experienced (I did this on my fronts), but I'm concerned they're all rusted.
They've now been sitting for years and I imagine the remaining brake fluid probably absorbed so much moisture it likely rusted the inside of the pistons.
I'll try removing the pistons and inspecting them. How difficult is it on the rear calipers? Is it simply about pushing some air into the bleeder hole and having them pop out? Are they likely to have rust in there? If so, is it likely that they're garbage? Or can they be rebuilt if that's the case? Obviously I'll have to wait to see how it looks.
I feel like an idiot not caring for these like-new parts when I took them off the car.
Your experiences are appreciated.
2001 9-3 Viggen Laser Red 5 door 44k miles
2000 9-3 SE Midnight Blue 5 door
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