Brake caliper restore

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Brake caliper restore

Postby caprikid61 » Mon May 28, 2018 6:32 pm

Hi Folks just spent the last 2 days trying to clean up my brake calipers but cane across a few problems on the way !! The pistons on the drivers side caliper were seized but managed to get them out by pumping the brake pedal .

Next was the bleed nipples the were not for moving but managed to get a hold of a socket that got a hold . My problem now is I need new pistons and bleed screws!! But not sure what sizes I need ? Been looking at pistons for a ford m 16 caliper and M 10 x1.00 bleed niples does that all sound about right ?? Decided to go for stainless steel so I dont have the same problems again. Any help with the parts I need would be great .

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Re: Brake caliper restore

Postby Paul G » Mon May 28, 2018 8:05 pm

You can get all you need at Bigg Red caliper reconditioners. I bought a piston and seal kit for my laser and they seem fine. They also reconditioned the rear calipers on my Skoda VRs and did a good job.

http://biggred.co.uk/

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Re: Brake caliper restore

Postby ollyw » Tue May 29, 2018 8:43 am

:agree:

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Re: Brake caliper restore

Postby stevemarl » Tue May 29, 2018 9:29 am

pm sent

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Re: Brake caliper restore

Postby caprikid61 » Tue May 29, 2018 2:23 pm

Paul G wrote:You can get all you need at Bigg Red caliper reconditioners. I bought a piston and seal kit for my laser and they seem fine. They also reconditioned the rear calipers on my Skoda VRs and did a good job.

http://biggred.co.uk/

Thanks for the info but I have orderd some off e bay but since then I had a look at the Bigg Red parts and will use them next time . Cheers Alex

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Re: Brake caliper restore

Postby caprikid61 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:57 pm

Hi folks managed to get brake calipers fitted with new stainless steel pistons and seals , but I am still having the same problems as before . The steering wheel shakes when turning round a right hand corner at speed so I guess the siezed brake piston was not the problem.

What else would I replace next ? Tca, steering rack, ?? Any advise on what to try next would be helpfull . Cheers Alex

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Re: Brake caliper restore

Postby Paul G » Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:36 pm

caprikid61 wrote:Hi folks managed to get brake calipers fitted with new stainless steel pistons and seals , but I am still having the same problems as before . The steering wheel shakes when turning round a right hand corner at speed so I guess the siezed brake piston was not the problem.

What else would I replace next ? Tca, steering rack, ?? Any advise on what to try next would be helpfull . Cheers Alex


Sounds like TCA or bushes to me.

If the brakes are still sticking it could be a flexi hose breaking up internally and also check your strut top mounts and wheel bearing adjustment.

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Re: Brake caliper restore

Postby caprikid61 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:13 pm

Thanks for that Steve I will get on that later today going to get the car jacked up get someone to turn the steering and see if there is any play anywhere . Fitted new tca's 2 years ago and track rod ends but doing 10000 miles a year so they might be worn out again. Also gonna try changing wheel around to see if that helps. Cheers Alex

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Re: Brake caliper restore

Postby Arnoldhar » Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:30 pm

I have found the after market TCA’s to have very poor quality bushes, swap them out for polyurethane and it may well solve the problem, it did for me and my TCA’s were new


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