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anyone ever had a problem with their calipers?

This is a discussion on anyone ever had a problem with their calipers? within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; i was bout to change my brakes the other day to some duralast gold lifetime warranty ones and noticed that ...

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    Angry anyone ever had a problem with their calipers?

    i was bout to change my brakes the other day to some duralast gold lifetime warranty ones and noticed that on both sides, the lower guide pin was completely locked up. ended up braking the head off the bolt. my dad tried to drill it out and use an easy out but the easy out bit broke off inside.
    That was ok though as I wanted new calipers anyway because one side had cracked seal on it and other side was really rough.

    Bought some from napa and one had crappy threads for the brake line and the threads came out. was a refurb...

    anyways, just wanted to know if anyone else has ever had that problem.
    not giving on my ws6 yet. still dealing with led turn signal problems and emailing back and forth with superlumination.
    by the time I'm done with this, my car will be brand new
    sorry if this is hard to understand. I'm using one of those roll up keyboards and it's driving me insane.

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    The caliper pins are known to seize up on our cars. It is important to clean and re-lube them from time to time. Synthetic caliper grease is the best thing to use. I did the brakes this spring and had one pin on our car that I had to heat up to remove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    The caliper pins are known to seize up on our cars. It is important to clean and re-lube them from time to time. Synthetic caliper grease is the best thing to use. I did the brakes this spring and had one pin on our car that I had to heat up to remove.
    +1, same happened on both my fronts causing them to seize

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    Both of my bottom pins broke off too when doing a brake job. But why did you change the caliper? You just need a new caliper mounting braket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    The caliper pins are known to seize up on our cars. It is important to clean and re-lube them from time to time. Synthetic caliper grease is the best thing to use. I did the brakes this spring and had one pin on our car that I had to heat up to remove.
    Been there done that myself too. After getting the pin out with lots of heat, I think I used synthetic grease aswell will a higher heat range.. But getting that pin loose was a bitch fo sho..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Musclecargt71 View Post
    Both of my bottom pins broke off too when doing a brake job. But why did you change the caliper? You just need a new caliper mounting braket.
    my left caliper pistons were screwed anyways due to a pad breaking long time ago and grinding the pistons on my rotor. made it work through another brake change by just filing down the rough edges on it.

    my right side however, the rubber around pistons... well one of em had a huge chunk busted out and was in the middle of piston
    figured i'd just buy new ones instead of trying to patch current ones

    now i'm having major problems as my front brakes aren't even really working. hard to bleed them even. sometimes air, sometimes fluid, sometimes nothing...wtf??

    sooooo, basically, I'm stopping my car mostly with my back brakes and possibly a little with my right front. reason i say that is that i just drove home from my parents last night and got gas after the 40+ minute drive. The left front rotor and caliper has almost no heat at all.
    the 3 other rotors were too hot to touch which leads me to believe my left front is a no go.

    taking car to one of my dad's friends on monday hopefully and he is very good at about everything. he's the only guy my dad lets work on his 70 chevelle ss 454

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