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outback front brake calipers
Posted 06 July 2004 - 12:43 PM
Posted 06 July 2004 - 04:51 PM
if you havent noticed any sticking there may or may not be a real issue?
buuuut... on the other hand,
sometimes the boots can wear down on the calipers,
and yes it's best to change them... for safety's sake.
it's not 'that hard' to do this yourself with simple tools.
sheeeesh i hope this helps. but i'm not sure it does??
Posted 06 July 2004 - 05:40 PM
In Western NY, with our obscene use of road salt, I find that lubricating the caliper slides, pins, and pad guides at least twice a year is necessary to keep the pads wearing evenly. The salt use is much less in NYC, but things should still be lubricated at least once a year IMHO for optimum wear. Your calipers may need to be replaced, but I suspect it's actually a lack of lubrication that caused the pads to wear unevenly. You may have to trust the shop on this one, because like I said, it's hard to tell without seeing it myself.
$550 isn't bad for pads, rotors, calipers, and labor. Make sure they are using genuine Subaru parts.
Posted 07 July 2004 - 08:23 AM
Posted 08 July 2004 - 05:28 PM
You've received great advice. If your are at all mechanically inclined, you could rebuild the calipers yourself with overhaul kits from www.1stsubaruparts.com and go with high quality aftermarket rotors (from a reputable company like Brembo) and brake pads. It would cost you $200-$250 in parts. As Jamie said, it's not a very difficult job.
Posted 08 July 2004 - 06:08 PM
Posted 08 July 2004 - 06:33 PM
Posted 08 July 2004 - 06:35 PM
You can find the kits at www.1stsubaruparts.com for about $20 per caliper. They include caliper pin boots (4), piston seals (2), piston boots (2) and metal retaining clips (2). The service representative at www.1stsbuparts.com told me that they come as axles sets, but you should call and verify.
Could you tell me exactly what you get with a rebuild kit. I asked my Subaru Dealer about a caliper rebuild kit and they told me there wasn't one, I needed to buy a whole new caliper.--- I knew they were wrong!
Alternatively you can also get aftermarket kits, which do not include the caliper pin boots, from www.precisionbrakescompany.com. Their website doesn't show it, but they come as axle sets. I just received a set in the mail today, and even their catalogs don't show the front kits as axle sets so I wound up with more stuff than I need. I would go for these if your caliper pin boots look good, and these kits are less than half the price of those offered by Subaru. Also, you should overhaul both sides at the same time, and make sure that you thoroughly clean the calipers with brake cleaner and an air compressor while you have them apart. Take care.
Posted 08 July 2004 - 06:51 PM
I agree with the lubrication, and maybe even bleeding the system would be a good idea, one man brake bleeders arn't expensive and will pay for them selves quickly.
Posted 11 July 2004 - 11:04 PM
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