BRAKES Front caliper won't release...HELP!

Re: BRAKES Front caliper won't release...HELP!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:02 am

Yeah $100 per caliper is nuts. I'd rather pick my friction material. Besides, I'm going to take them apart anyway & put GOOD grease in the PROPER amounts on the sliding pins, so I get a full life out of the pads. Nothing ticks me off worse than having to buy a new set of pads because one is worn to the backing plate, and the other could go another 40,000 miles. :x

And if you drive a new Silverado, the pads are NOT reversible. Thanks again GM! :mad:
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Re: BRAKES Front caliper won't release...HELP!

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:01 am

I read where brake manufacturers recommend greasing the pins & slides every 12 months. What a pain! This new crap they put on the roads corrodes stuff fast.
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Re: BRAKES Front caliper won't release...HELP!

PostBy: CT coal burner On: Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:18 am

$100 per wheel may be a little high, depending on materials. For my 2004 F-150 FX4, I paid about $35 per rebuilt caliper (Centric), and about $75 for a set of brake pads (Hawk), and about $5 for grease; for a total cost of about $150 per axle. The cost of rotors and brake fluid is additional. The peace of mind of doing the job yourself, and having better than new brakes, is priceless. Don't buy inferior products, I would even be concerned with the store brand "Best."
If you are working on a similar vehicle to mine, you should know that the rear disk brakes are a "top hat" design. In other words, there is a mechanical drum brake inside of the rotor that acts as the parking brake. In order to remove the disk, you must first remove the rubber bung and back off on the star wheel inside to relieve the tension on the brake shoes, then knock off rotor with a small sledge.
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Re: BRAKES Front caliper won't release...HELP!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:23 am

Freddy wrote:........ This new crap they put on the roads corrodes stuff fast.

It's not so much new crap on the roads. It's the cut-every-corner-so-we-get-max-profit and quality-be-damned attitude of companies these days. Stuff is absolute garbage now. :no1:

Guess they have to be that way to survive all the regulations .. and taxes. :roll:
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Re: BRAKES Front caliper won't release...HELP!

PostBy: CT coal burner On: Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:32 am

SMITTY wrote:
Freddy wrote:........ This new crap they put on the roads corrodes stuff fast.

It's not so much new crap on the roads. It's the cut-every-corner-so-we-get-max-profit and quality-be-damned attitude of companies these days. Stuff is absolute garbage now. :no1:

Guess they have to be that way to survive all the regulations .. and taxes. :roll:



Agree with your first paragraph Smitty, not so much the second. I think consumers are just as much to blame as the business. Just look at all the Dollar stores around, and all the junk they are filled with.

It drives me nuts when I take things apart only to find how corners were to bring a "lower cost product" to market. I could go on all day about this.........

Anyway, it's good to hear someone else who is as dissatisfied as I am with the state of the junk we are fed today. Take care my friend.
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