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Used Brake Calipers #5466703 06/30/20 09:38 PM
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My Silverado front left caliper caused me some problems on the way home today,locked almost completely up and required about me to drive very slow,with heavy throttle for about 5 miles.

Rotor is toast,and pads got really burnt up. Everything got very hot,the wheel was scalding hot.

So anyways it needs a caliper,the local Auto recycling place has one off a 2013 express Van that had 44k miles on it for $30 with a $15 core and 180 day warranty.

Should I give it a shot to save 40 bucks over a rebuilt carquest one or is it to risky. Anybody have any experience with junkyard calipers vs the rebuilt at the big chains?

Thanks

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If the calipers aren't excessively rusted, pistons aren't damaged/seized you should be fine with junkyard calipers.

Replace the rubber brake lines whether you get used or reman calipers. It's possible the brake hose internally collapsed causing the caliper to lock up.


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Re: Used brake calipers [Re: troutfisher] #5466720 06/30/20 10:36 PM
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Get the Raybestos Element3 all-NEW calipers on Rock Auto. They are all-new, not reman

You should replace both front calipers.

Re: Used brake calipers [Re: troutfisher] #5466722 06/30/20 10:39 PM
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Calipers lock up because dirt gets in them. The used ones may be no better that what you have. Get proper rebuilt ones.


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Re: Used brake calipers [Re: troutfisher] #5466738 06/30/20 11:59 PM
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Didn't have the option to stop and try to fix it or tow it? All that heat probably put a lot of surrounding parts in jeopardy.

Re: Used brake calipers [Re: Reddy45] #5466762 07/01/20 03:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Reddy45
Didn't have the option to stop and try to fix it or tow it? All that heat probably put a lot of surrounding parts in jeopardy.


Ya, you're lucky you didn't boil the brake fluid and lose all braking power.

Re: Used brake calipers [Re: troutfisher] #5466777 07/01/20 05:19 AM
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I've had a total of 3 calipers stick in my lifetime on different vehicles all from setting for 6 months or so. Just get a NAPA rebuilt one. Last time I bought one they were $26.


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Re: Used brake calipers [Re: troutfisher] #5466794 07/01/20 06:26 AM
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Yes, exactly. These are your brakes you're talking about. If you're going to do it, do it right and get remans at least!

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Actually I disagree with most of the people on this thread.

Rebuilt calipers can be pretty poor in quality and can easily end up seizing on you a year or two down the road. Upon close inspection of these things you’ll notice some scratches and knicks on surfaces that just shouldn’t be there. Think about it, they are being rebuilt because they failed once already...and they are being “rebuilt”, god knows where and by god knows who. I’m not saying it’s all catastrophic, I’m just saying the used caliper with 44k miles on it might actually be a better option. My 2 cents.


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+1 That is about the size of it, reman/rebuilt are pretty bad. Used is okay if it is in good shape or Raybestos Element 3 new are very good.


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You can buy a rebuild kit for a few dollars and rebuild the one you have. Pretty easy just need a disc brake hone.

I agree with replacing the flex brake lines if they are over 10 yr old and you had a problem that makes them suspect.

How important to save the $40?


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Re: Used brake calipers [Re: Trav] #5466882 07/01/20 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Trav
+1 That is about the size of it, reman/rebuilt are pretty bad. Used is okay if it is in good shape or Raybestos Element 3 new are very good.


Looking at these for my Accord and they're about the same price as Cardone rebuilt, that need a core return.

Makes me wonder why rebuilts aren't obsolete.

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New are not available for all vehicles so you may need to rebuild them, those I do myself now if the parts are available.


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Re: Used brake calipers [Re: MarkM66] #5467139 07/01/20 02:12 PM
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+1 That is about the size of it, reman/rebuilt are pretty bad. Used is okay if it is in good shape or Raybestos Element 3 new are very good.


Looking at these for my Accord and they're about the same price as Cardone rebuilt, that need a core return.

Makes me wonder why rebuilts aren't obsolete.


Because the Element3 are often significantly more expensive. Last vehicle I did brakes on, those were 75% higher priced. Granted there's some value in not having to drive or mail in cores, and in getting new calipers, but some will just do the cheapest fix possible.

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Went to the junkyard to look at the used caliper for $35,awful looking caliper,Rusty and full of dirt. So I left went to the Chevy Dealer 2 miles up the road,got a brand new one for 110.00 out the door,did not come with bracket.Did not need one just cleaned + greased the the pins.So got a new rubber to hard line hose at Napa and a set of pads and rotors.

All fixed now, no more problems,still waiting on my vacuum bleeder from Amazon,to get the pedal perfect,but probably won't ever even think about junkyard calipers again,unless it's a farm use truck or something like that.

Thanks for the help.

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