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Old 05-11-2007, 12:14 AM
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Exclamation Rear Brake Caliper purchase


i have a 1989 300e, and plan to change driver side rear caliper since the outside piston is stuck. I can't find out with one should i buy. Can you please help me to choose. Do i need the new one buy ATE (170$) or a reman will suffice? Should i change them in pairs or for rear one is ok?

So far i found some reman calipers on by Beck/Antley and Bendix, but i don't now which one i need what's the difference between regular one and semi-loaded.

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any help is appreciated,
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Old 05-11-2007, 12:20 AM
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I'm anal about brake parts being done in pairs... Some might agree, others might not... The way I see it is that my deductable is $750 or so. If spending an extra $100 on my brakes saves me from having a crash, well I'm gonna spend it. Besides, I'm sure if the insurance company sees all the recites that u save on your car (RIGHT???) they'll give u a higher value if something happens to it (not that it would or anything)

I'd at least get the bendix ones... I think they're all interchangable, but I dont exactly know.

Loaded caliper comes with the caliper, the bracket, new bracket to knuckle bolts, new slide pins, and new pads... Semi loaded ones come with the caliper, new slide pins, and pads.

At least that was the situation with my toronado, never touched the brakes on my benz... I've been meaning to flush the fluid out, but...

Anyways, good luck and stuff
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Old 05-12-2007, 01:41 AM
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anything else i need to know?
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Old 05-12-2007, 10:17 AM
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Loaded calipers are one that include brake pads. The decision you need to make is whether your car has ATe or Bendix calipers as it was built. MB suggest not interchanging them. Ate calipers will have the ATe logo on them "ATe", some Bendix calipers also say Bendix on them but not all.
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Old 05-12-2007, 03:38 PM
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Unless the bores or pistons are damaged callipers can be easily and cheaply reconditioned.
Just take the pistons out and replace the rubber parts after cleaning everything.
Replacing them if not damaged is a waste of money.

A struck piston can be forced out by clamping the other and pressing the brake pedal hard.
If you force them out using compressed air, put a piece of wood between the pistons (and not your fingers!).

I would do all four since they will have much less friction after reconditioning so the renewed brake will brake much harder than the others.

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Old 05-12-2007, 04:51 PM
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i would replace both rear calipers at the same time...just a personal preference. generally speaking loaded calipers come with cheap pads. i'd buy the caliper and then get yourself some good pads. again, this is personal preference but as far as pads go, i like Textars.
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