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Do I need new calipers?

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Do I need new calipers?

I had the breaks off the other day and I noticed the inside pad on the driver side is not worn evenly. It looks like maybe only one piston is applying pressure. The pad is worn much more on one side. I didn't take off the passenger side so not sure if it is also worn like that.

I remember I had the breaks done at 50 thousand and the guy pointed out the uneven wear then and said the caliper should be rebuilt. Of course i trust nothing a mechanic says. However, I could not afford it at the time.


I have 100,000 miles on the truck and they are the original calipers. It has always seemed to stop fine.

If I was to replace them, should I get a part from the dealer or after market? I am going to get some good pads and rotors so better caliper would be good.
 
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Originally Posted by Ranger Smith View Post
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grease your sliders, and you'll be fine. most grab more on one side then the other with a single piston caliper.
 
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grease your sliders, and you'll be fine. most grab more on one side then the other with a single piston caliper.
Probably the most overlooked part of doing a brake job.
 
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When you do your brakes , get what is called stuffed calipers; they come with pads installed.
Get good quality after market calipers, rotors and slide them on.

Don't attempt to rebuild yourself, yes it is easy to start the rebuild but it can get more involved with honing the piston bores.
Also, if the stuffed clipers leak after the install, you can blame the manufacturer and get replacements.

If you rebuild then yourself and they leak you are up the creek.

Just an observation...
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I think I explained it wrong. The inside pad and outside are worn about even. The problem is that on the inside pad, the front of the pad is worn down far more than the back of the pad. The outside pad is worn perfectly even. So its like only one of the two pistons is moving.
 
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Originally Posted by stockranger View Post
I think I explained it wrong. The inside pad and outside are worn about even. The problem is that on the inside pad, the front of the pad is worn down far more than the back of the pad. The outside pad is worn perfectly even. So its like only one of the two pistons is moving.
i didn’t get exactly that out of it but close.

My comments still stand, replace the calipers instead of rebuilding.

Check the rotors and have them turned if there is enough material or replace them too.
 
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sounds like one piston is siezing, replace the calipers. i honestly do not even know any stores that sell rebuild kits for calipers anymore
 
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