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Old 06-19-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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rear brake calipers sticking

I have a 94 firebird formula and in order to get it safetied I need to fix the back brakes. The mechanic said they were sticking. Is there anyway to free them? Are there rebuild kits out there for them. I'm just hoping there is a cheaper way to fix them since new calipers cost about a150 a piece after I return the core.
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Check to see if they are hanging up on the guide pins ( through bolts ).
The pins might just need some lube.

However, "sticking" rear brakes sounds a little"fishy" to me
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If they were sticking I would hear it wouldn't I. I went out and disconnected the parking brake cable. The one on the drivers side was easy to push and unhook. The one on the passenger side was stiff and I could only push it half way. Maybe that was the problem?
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Don't think you would hear a sticking brake.
It would however cause a hot brake and the car to pull one way or the other when driving.
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I don't have that problem either. So maybe I need a new mechanic
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C clamp them maybe?
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My Nissan recently had one of the calipers seize up and get stuck "closed" on the rotors. I had a significant pull to the side, felt the extra resistance, and there was a foul odor, grinding noise, and plenty of noticable heat buildup from it. I would say that it would be difficult for anyone with a little common sense to NOT realize that there was a problem.

New caliper was easy to install myself (I consider myself capable of doing auto work, but I know I am far from being a mechanic) and luckily there was no damage to the rotor. Changed pads at the same time since I had it all ripped apart anyway. Was a good experience for me.

Since you are uncertain that is actually the problem, if you're not willing to take the wheel off and have a look for yourself (or are not sure what to look for) I would take the car to another mechanic and ask for a second opinion. Do not tell them what the other shop said, just ask them to take a look and see what they say.
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My 97 Z28 had that same problem, I didn't know crap about cars then, but my neighbor got it free from the rotor after messing around with the parking brake. I guess it wasn't releasing like it should have.
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I have taken the calipers off and put them back on without any issues and don't see them sticking. They slide off and on the rotor just fine.
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