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    techjohnny@gmail.com
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    Default Do I need to replace my front caliper?

    Hello,

    After replacing my brake pads a few times; I think I created a
    problem. Only my front passenger brake is getting used, while the
    driver side has not been applied at all. So, I called the repair
    shop, they said your caliper is bad and you would need to replace both
    calipers.

    If I purchased a 1998 Honda Accord 4 CYL EX caliper online, would this
    be a job a novice could replace? Or should I bring it into the shop
    to have them do a full front brake job for $250? And how can I
    confirm the caliper is definitely bad, and is there a way to fix this
    without replacing?

    Regards,

    --tj

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    motsco_
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    Default Re: Do I need to replace my front caliper?

    techjohnny@gmail.com wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > After replacing my brake pads a few times; I think I created a
    > problem. Only my front passenger brake is getting used, while the
    > driver side has not been applied at all. So, I called the repair
    > shop, they said your caliper is bad and you would need to replace both
    > calipers.
    >
    > If I purchased a 1998 Honda Accord 4 CYL EX caliper online, would this
    > be a job a novice could replace? Or should I bring it into the shop
    > to have them do a full front brake job for $250? And how can I
    > confirm the caliper is definitely bad, and is there a way to fix this
    > without replacing?
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > --tj


    =============================

    Test it by punching the brakes on a dirty stretch of road. More likely
    you've got seized slider pins on the passenger's side, so it's wearing
    that side out 100 times as fast as it's supposed to.

    www.tegger.com has some info, or you could google 'honda slider pins'
    and get a bunch of hits from www.hondasuv.com

    'Curly'

  3. #3
    E Meyer
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    Default Re: Do I need to replace my front caliper?




    On 4/24/08 12:37 PM, in article
    9c972d7d-3de3-44ad-a1f1-184479b748bd...oglegroups.com,
    "techjohnny@gmail.com" <techjohnny@gmail.com> wrote:

    > On Apr 24, 8:55 am, motsco_ <mots...@interbaun.com> wrote:
    >> techjoh...@gmail.com wrote:
    >>> Hello,

    >>
    >>> After replacing my brake pads a few times; I think I created a
    >>> problem. Only my front passenger brake is getting used, while the
    >>> driver side has not been applied at all. So, I called the repair
    >>> shop, they said your caliper is bad and you would need to replace both
    >>> calipers.

    >>
    >>> If I purchased a 1998 Honda Accord 4 CYL EX caliper online, would this
    >>> be a job a novice could replace? Or should I bring it into the shop
    >>> to have them do a full front brake job for $250? And how can I
    >>> confirm the caliper is definitely bad, and is there a way to fix this
    >>> without replacing?

    >>
    >>> Regards,

    >>
    >>> --tj

    >>
    >> =============================
    >>
    >> Test it by punching the brakes on a dirty stretch of road. More likely
    >> you've got seized slider pins on the passenger's side, so it's wearing
    >> that side out 100 times as fast as it's supposed to.
    >>
    >> www.tegger.comhas some info, or you could google 'honda slider pins'
    >> and get a bunch of hits fromwww.hondasuv.com
    >>
    >> 'Curly'

    >
    > Should I just replace the slider pins on both sides with a new set of
    > pads, and see if the problem goes away?


    Just like everything else to do with cars, confirm the diagnosis. I would
    think the first thing you want to do is swing up the caliper (the same way
    you would if when are replacing the pads) & see of the pins move freely. If
    they do, then that's not the problem.

    If you find pins that don't move (I agree with Curly, I'll bet you find
    some), see if you can free them. If you can free them, then the pins may
    only need to be cleaned up and re-lubed. If you can't free them, then a new
    caliper might be in order.


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    techjohnny@gmail.com
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    Default Re: Do I need to replace my front caliper?

    On Apr 24, 11:39 am, E Meyer <epmeye...@msn.com> wrote:
    > On 4/24/08 12:37 PM, in article
    > 9c972d7d-3de3-44ad-a1f1-184479b74...@a5g2000prg.googlegroups.com,
    >
    >
    >
    > "techjoh...@gmail.com" <techjoh...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > > On Apr 24, 8:55 am, motsco_ <mots...@interbaun.com> wrote:
    > >> techjoh...@gmail.com wrote:
    > >>> Hello,

    >
    > >>> After replacing my brake pads a few times; I think I created a
    > >>> problem. Only my front passenger brake is getting used, while the
    > >>> driver side has not been applied at all. So, I called the repair
    > >>> shop, they said your caliper is bad and you would need to replace both
    > >>> calipers.

    >
    > >>> If I purchased a 1998 Honda Accord 4 CYL EX caliper online, would this
    > >>> be a job a novice could replace? Or should I bring it into the shop
    > >>> to have them do a full front brake job for $250? And how can I
    > >>> confirm the caliper is definitely bad, and is there a way to fix this
    > >>> without replacing?

    >
    > >>> Regards,

    >
    > >>> --tj

    >
    > >> =============================

    >
    > >> Test it by punching the brakes on a dirty stretch of road. More likely
    > >> you've got seized slider pins on the passenger's side, so it's wearing
    > >> that side out 100 times as fast as it's supposed to.

    >
    > >>www.tegger.comhassome info, or you could google 'honda slider pins'
    > >> and get a bunch of hits fromwww.hondasuv.com

    >
    > >> 'Curly'

    >
    > > Should I just replace the slider pins on both sides with a new set of
    > > pads, and see if the problem goes away?

    >
    > Just like everything else to do with cars, confirm the diagnosis. I would
    > think the first thing you want to do is swing up the caliper (the same way
    > you would if when are replacing the pads) & see of the pins move freely. If
    > they do, then that's not the problem.
    >
    > If you find pins that don't move (I agree with Curly, I'll bet you find
    > some), see if you can free them. If you can free them, then the pins may
    > only need to be cleaned up and re-lubed. If you can't free them, then a new
    > caliper might be in order.


    Very nice and straight forward answers, thank you. I will post the
    results next week.

    --tj

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    Tegger
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    Default Re: Do I need to replace my front caliper?

    "techjohnny@gmail.com" <techjohnny@gmail.com> wrote in news:274d3fd9-4d03-
    4084-a0a3-fffc0e51cd66@m1g2000pre.googlegroups.com:

    > Hello,
    >
    > After replacing my brake pads a few times; I think I created a
    > problem. Only my front passenger brake is getting used, while the
    > driver side has not been applied at all. So, I called the repair
    > shop, they said your caliper is bad and you would need to replace both
    > calipers.
    >
    > If I purchased a 1998 Honda Accord 4 CYL EX caliper online, would this
    > be a job a novice could replace? Or should I bring it into the shop
    > to have them do a full front brake job for $250? And how can I
    > confirm the caliper is definitely bad, and is there a way to fix this
    > without replacing?
    >



    Depends entirely on what's wrong.

    By your description, the piston is well-seized in its bore, which means
    either a rebuild or replacement. No fix for that.

    A used caliper is a bad buy if you intend to use it as-is; it is likely
    partially seized up as well.

    If you must replace the calipers without doing proper diagnosis, get
    aftermarket remans from a jobber.

    Do not replace just one caliper; your brakes will pull to one side.


    --
    Tegger

    The Unofficial Honda/Acura FAQ
    www.tegger.com/hondafaq/

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    jim beam
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    Default Re: Do I need to replace my front caliper?

    E Meyer wrote:
    >
    >
    > On 4/24/08 12:37 PM, in article
    > 9c972d7d-3de3-44ad-a1f1-184479b748bd...oglegroups.com,
    > "techjohnny@gmail.com" <techjohnny@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >> On Apr 24, 8:55 am, motsco_ <mots...@interbaun.com> wrote:
    >>> techjoh...@gmail.com wrote:
    >>>> Hello,
    >>>> After replacing my brake pads a few times; I think I created a
    >>>> problem. Only my front passenger brake is getting used, while the
    >>>> driver side has not been applied at all. So, I called the repair
    >>>> shop, they said your caliper is bad and you would need to replace both
    >>>> calipers.
    >>>> If I purchased a 1998 Honda Accord 4 CYL EX caliper online, would this
    >>>> be a job a novice could replace? Or should I bring it into the shop
    >>>> to have them do a full front brake job for $250? And how can I
    >>>> confirm the caliper is definitely bad, and is there a way to fix this
    >>>> without replacing?
    >>>> Regards,
    >>>> --tj
    >>> =============================
    >>>
    >>> Test it by punching the brakes on a dirty stretch of road. More likely
    >>> you've got seized slider pins on the passenger's side, so it's wearing
    >>> that side out 100 times as fast as it's supposed to.
    >>>
    >>> www.tegger.comhas some info, or you could google 'honda slider pins'
    >>> and get a bunch of hits fromwww.hondasuv.com
    >>>
    >>> 'Curly'

    >> Should I just replace the slider pins on both sides with a new set of
    >> pads, and see if the problem goes away?

    >
    > Just like everything else to do with cars, confirm the diagnosis. I would
    > think the first thing you want to do is swing up the caliper (the same way
    > you would if when are replacing the pads) & see of the pins move freely. If
    > they do, then that's not the problem.
    >
    > If you find pins that don't move (I agree with Curly, I'll bet you find
    > some), see if you can free them. If you can free them, then the pins may
    > only need to be cleaned up and re-lubed. If you can't free them, then a new
    > caliper might be in order.
    >


    easier than that, if one pad is wearing more than the other, it's the
    sliders. if not, it's the piston jamming, just like tegger says. and
    it can be both.

    unless you know exactly what you're doing in rebuildsville, just
    replace. both sides.

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