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Old 08-01-2007, 10:29 AM
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Default Frozen brake caliper-any way to fix?

Hey guys, I recently noticed a scrapping sound from passenger side of my neon.I figured my brakes needed replacing since its been a little while.To make a long story short, I found out that the drivers side caliper will not press in at all.I turned as hard as I can on the c-clamp and it will not go in any further.So the brakes on the drivers side with frozen caliper are still at over 75%, while the brakes on passenger side were completely wore out.
Im not a rich guy, and I just put money into 4 tires.Im wondering If there is any way I may be able to tear apart that caliper and get it working again.What would cause it to freeze like that anyway.?
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Default RE: Frozen brake caliper-any way to fix?

are you sure its the caliper and not the brake line?

Save yourself the headache and pick up a remanned caliper from the parts store
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Not for a neon, but this would give you an idea of what you would be doing...
http://neptune.spacebears.com/cars/s.../calipers.html

Buy one from a parts store or look for a good used one from someone.
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So, you guys are saying I should be able to pick up a whole caliper from an auto parts store.? I know a real good junkyard I can try also...If the auto parts store is gonna be expensive.Thanks for the advice, and that how-to, I may end up trying to repair myself, just to learn something.
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advanceautoparts.com has a reman for $60 bucks...
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Default RE: Frozen brake caliper-any way to fix?

Although I am not a fan of Autozone, they used to offer powder coated calipers online. But I don't think they do anymore.
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This is one part of you car you do not want to take shortcuts on. Go and get yourself a good new or rebuilt unit when you can afford it.
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Rebuilding it isn't a shortcut, but you do wanna know what you are doing. Most of the ones from the parts store are rebuilt anyways.
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For the same reason you stated above, I only recomemded he go and get a new or rebuilt unit.
Feel free to recondition it yourself man it's all a part of the learning process and very easy to do.

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