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Front Caliper piston Stuck

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Yesterday I was changing my pads and noticed that on my front left caliper one of the pistons stuck half way out... I called lexus and they quoted me over $600 for a new caliper. I called few other places and I found a rebuilt caliper for $90 + my old one. Do you guys think think it is safe to buy the rebuilt one? Or is there any way of fixing my old one? Also, if I will by a new one maybe it is better to change both front calipers so they will work at the same rate?

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Drain all the brake fluid cuz it might be dirty. And rebuild it.
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How do you rebuilt it? I just do not see how to remove the piston which is seized...I saw a manual on disassemble a caliper but it required a compressor which I have no access to...

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Take it to a shop and use a airgun put it in the hole and the should pop out u might wanna use a piece of wood cuz it shoots out like a bullet. When rebuilding all you do is replace the seals an clean the piston with steel wool. Leave it smooth relube with brake fluid and insert back with hand with a lil pressure.. I just rebuild my bbk. It's e-z
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RockAuto Auto Parts has them for $49+$40 core (you get the core charge back when you return the broken one). It's hard to justify rebuilding it yourself with those prices.

I am not affiliated with Rockauto. I've used them a lot and have had nothing but success.

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Do you guys think it is better to rebuilt also the right one or it is not necessary.?

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It's all up to you. Rebuilding also depends if you can jus make sure the sides of the caliper are not damaged once the piston is off check for scrapes on the walls.
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haha, you just need a torch and some pb blaster spray. Use a hammer and something flat to push the stuck caliper out. Most likely the rubber cracked and allowed water to get inside the piston caliper and seize. Its all part of routine maint. checking for all your rubber seals and boots for cracks or wear.


Ive only rebuilt one caliper in my life and it was a subaru, couldnt be much different.
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Some rebuilt ones offer a certain warranty such as up to one year. I would not buy a caliper new at the dealer.

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RockAuto Auto Parts has them for $49+$40 core (you get the core charge back when you return the broken one). It's hard to justify rebuilding it yourself with those prices.

I am not affiliated with Rockauto. I've used them a lot and have had nothing but success.

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I've had the rebuilds from Rockauto on my car for about a year and a half with no issues. I've also gotten brake pads and other parts from them and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to someone else.

They also usually have 5% off coupon codes floating around if you search for them.

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look up the company 'centric' they rebuild calipers and make oem style calipers, pretty good stuff compared to manufacturer oem calipers

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look up the company 'centric' they rebuild calipers and make oem style calipers, pretty good stuff compared to manufacturer oem calipers
Centric parts are available from Rockauto.com .

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Rebuilt calipers should work as new. Shouldnt be a problem. Although this is a good time for supra 4 pots! =P

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RockAuto Auto Parts has them for $49+$40 core (you get the core charge back when you return the broken one). It's hard to justify rebuilding it yourself with those prices.

I am not affiliated with Rockauto. I've used them a lot and have had nothing but success.

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So you get rebuilt calipers for 49+40 and they are as good as the oem toyota/lexus ones? Are they equal in weight, solidity and overall quality? And is they any best company in there? I see at least 3-4 different kind at different prices. Thanks!

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+1 with rock auto, they are a good supplier and shipping is always very prompt.
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