Question for those who have changed rear brakes....

Discussion in '96-04 - 2V Specific' started by scarface, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. scarface

    scarface Guest

    Not quite sure what the problem is, but I took off my rear brake calipers today to finish installing my 3 inch wheel studs, and when I went to put them back on I didnt compress the piston (didnt have the tool) It was REALLY tight, but it went back on ok....seemed ok.......


    WELL, when I went for the test drive my brakes are smoking from that caliper now. ???

    Did I screw them up somehow? or do I need to compress them, then reinstall? I cant figure out why it is rubbing?

    It was tight as hell going back on, but it did go. The other side went on alot easier.


    HELP ME PLEASE.

    thanks.
    -David
     
  2. DropTopPony

    DropTopPony Administrator Staff Member Admin SN95 Supporter

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    Try and turn that piston in somehow, i used the tool but some say you can do it without.
     
  3. scarface

    scarface Guest

    I can rent the tool tomorrow Bob, I was just wondering if you thought I needed to or if it sounded like the caliper was frozen up somehow?
     
  4. Doc_G

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    some times the tool doesn't work w/out some modification. heres what I did on my 95. With a shop rag over the dust boot use a good set of channel locks to turn the piston in while turning on a c-clamp (to compress it like the front) turn it a few times and add more pressure w/the clamp. you should be good to go after that.
     
  5. scarface

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    I understand HOW to collapse the piston... I got the brakes back on without doing it, now one of them seems to be stuck against the rotor. It is smoking and getting REALLY hot.

    My question was....Do I have to collapse the piston to may it operate properly, or could it just be coincidence that it seized up now?
     
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    Dalamar Legend Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    That's what I did on mine too.
     
  7. 19mustang95

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    sounds like the caliper could be locked up, i would try and compress first...but its possible that it seized.
     
  8. Doc_G

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    Yeah I dont know who thought putting screw style pistons in the rear was a good idea but I'd like him/her to be tar'd feather'd and ridden out of town on a rail.

    OP my apologies for misunderstanding your post.
     
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    Your caliper/s probably failed on you or seized up.
    Don't risk your saftey replace the caliper/s.
     
  10. scarface

    scarface Guest

    Thanks for all of your responses Guys :) there is a pending sale on the car, so I dont want to take any chances. the guy told me he would pay for a new caliper, so I am going to just replace it I think.
     
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    BFH ?
     
  12. scarface

    scarface Guest

    wont apply to this action....lol