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Old 09-08-2008, 12:23 AM
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Usually the reasons for swapping calipers is because the piston has tipped in the bore and this causes scoring of the bore, and piston and then it sticks. Other reasons are leaking seals, mostly from the tipped piston. Replacing the seals and cleaning the bore with a light hone is all you need to do to keep them working in great order. If it's not broke, don't fix it. change the pads when needed and watch the rotors for scoring or cracking. Keep the fluid up and bleed the system properly. Farthest wheel from the master first,( passenger rear, then drivers rear, then passenger, then drivers side).
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Old 09-08-2008, 03:43 PM
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I've always been told that its a waste of time rehabbing a frozen caliper.... but sounds like there is hope for them?

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Old 03-13-2010, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by JimmyL View Post
FYI, there is no such thing as "affordable" 15" Bundts. There aren't even many "expensive" 15" Bundts.

I have rebuilt calipers on the back of the '85 wagon from O'Reilly's and was very happy with the price, and continue to be very happy with the quality and operation. I will always get my rebuilt calipers from them from here on out, and there brake lines were reasonable too....
How do I locate O'Reilly's? Not sure who/where this source is -thanks!
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:45 PM
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Since this topic is open, I'll put in my two cents. I am in the middle of rebuilding the rear ATE calipers on my wagon. Turns out the seals failed on both sides and the inside pistons were stuck on both calipers. I had a devil of a time with the first one. I had to use PB blaster and air pressure, while tapping the back and sides of the caliper with a hammer. Finally came out. It seems that when the dust cap fails, moisture slightly rusts the inside of the bore in front of the O ring. I was able to remove the discoloration with 800 wet and dry. I did not break the caliper halves.

I also learned the hard way that it is much easier to put the new dust cap on the piston while it is out. It will twist and not seat correctly in the tight space for your fingers if you try it when the piston is in. I had to use the back of a dental pick to get it seated correctly. Took a long time.

Now I'm really stuck getting the piston out of the second caliper. Nothing is working. I'm going to let it soak overnight but I see a rebuilt caliper in my future.

I was trying to save money, yes, but I also wanted the satisfaction. About half good, I reckon.

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Old 03-13-2010, 09:40 PM
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How do I locate O'Reilly's? Not sure who/where this source is -thanks!

There's a "Store Locator" link on that page if you're looking for a store near you.
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Old 03-13-2010, 11:15 PM
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My local O'Reillys is a POS and a real time waster. Ive had no problems with Advanced or even Autozone for basic parts.

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