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Old 04-25-2003, 04:19   #1 (permalink)
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eek Seized Calipers on the EF :(

Crusing in the EF on Wednesday I noticed a shudder from the front end. Seemed to go away after a few minutes so I didn't worry too much about it and drove home. Same thing happened again on Thursday. Got home (20ks later) and had smoke coming from the left front brake pads, a blue disc and a dusty rim! Took it to my mechanic where we stripped everything down and found that the pistons in the caliper had corroded to the point where they would no longer retract, locking the pad onto the disc! Disc was munched a little, and the pads were not healthy.

Three hundred and eighty buck later I have new caliper kits, new pistons, machined discs and new pads on a much happier Falcon.

But that means the 17" rims sitting in boxes in my study have to wait a few weeks longer for tyres........

Has this problem happened to anyone else? Or is this just another problem casued by living near the beach?
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Old 04-25-2003, 04:31   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think living near the beach would have had much to do with it. More likely never flushing the brake fluid out with a fresh replacement. It absorbs water when it gets old, that's were the corrosion has come from.
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