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Old 07-18-2015, 09:10 PM   #1
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Sticking rear caliper

Went for a nice summer drive down Woodward Ave tonight (it was really busy with all kinds of cars already even though the cruise is over a month away). At a stop light i saw smoke and smelled a horrible burning smell, thought it was the crappy corvette next to me (80s Face from A team style vette) but nope it was my car spewing black smoke from the passenger rear wheel. Im afraid im a victim of the crappy chinese kid remanufactured caliper issue. The rears have maybe 10k miles on them, but are roughly 2.5 years old. Anyway limped it home stopping here and there to cool down, and it seemed to be intermittent. It started after i stopped at a store and had my emergency brake on for maybe 5 min. Any suggestions other than getting a new caliper and pads? Thanks!

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Old 07-19-2015, 01:08 AM   #2
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I'd take it off and check it out more before anything. To see if it's having issue with the piston or pins

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Yeah. That is what i was going to try to do. After i inspect the pads they probably will need to be replaced after getting so freaking hot from the drive home. Thanks for the advice and i will check it out this week when i have some more time.

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Did you check the slide pins to determine if they were stuck? It's a common occurrence.


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I did. It all seemed to be ok. I drove it around and it didnt do it again a couple days after the first occurrence. Then the next time i drove it, it did it again. Its intermittent at this point like i thought. I had to go out of town for a few days so i dropped it off at a shop by my house, figure if its just a caliper then it wont cost much and i wont have to mess with it again since im busy for the next couple of weeks. Of course the mechanic called me today and it didnt do it and was acting fine, they wont charge me for their inspection. If it does it again when i get home ill just probably replace the caliper and pads at this point and be done with it. Just thought they could get it done while i was gone, and then i could enjoy going down woodward with it when i got back but its not going to be that easy. Oh well. Maybe ill try taking the pins out again and sand them a little as someone told me to do that before, then lube and try it again.

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Old 07-24-2015, 07:02 AM   #6
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My left back caliper stuck on me Wednesday evening. I know it's a slide pin or two. I'll pull it all apart today, lightly sand the pin smooth and lube it with gil-???.

This little problem will happen again if no PM is done. It won't fix itself.


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Yeah unfortunately unless you rebuild them yourself you have to go with the Cardones. Generally they are fine but you get one now and then that sucks. Pull the caliper, lube the slide pins, pull the pads and turn the piston out a bit and then all the way back in to try to re-seat anything in there and see what she does.
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That what i will do as soon as i can lol.

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You mentioned your emergency brake. Check it out too. Cable could be hanging up. And is it doing it only after using the E brake. Just checking.
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Just a quick FYI. I had one stuck slide pin. The same pin that stuck about a year ago.

The root cause of my problem I determined is a leaking boot on that same slide pin. The caliper bracket metal lip around the slide pin hole looked like it was chewed on. Water and dirt probably entered through tiny gaps between the metal lip and the rubber boot. I was able to sand the lip fairly smooth with 400 grit. I also had about .5" of crud in the bottom of the hole that slide pin goes into. It took a screwdriver and brake cleaner to dig it all out. I had a pair of new slide pins and boots 'looking for some drive time' and replaced the old ones. I lubed them with Sil-Glyde. I'll replace that brake caliper bracket if I get that same sticking slide pin, again.
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The ebrake doesnt seem to be the issue, i usually use it when parked out of habit. Ive always been told on older cars either use it or dont use it. I got home today and drove it about 20 miles or so and it was fine didnt do it. Im still going to take it apart and sand the pin, replace the rubber boot, and lube it to be on the safe side. Thanks for all the tips and i will update on this by the end of the weekend.

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The mechanic said to always replace the boot when doing the calipers, i cant remember if i did when i did these ones a couple years ago. But i will now for sure.

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New slide pins are $6/pair at most of the auto stores.

You have to buy the $18 brake kit to get the boots. That doesn't make sense to me.

The pins should come with the boots.


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That doesnt make sense, i just encountered this at the parts store.

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Update. Didnt tear it down yet but will in the next few days. Put 100 miles on the car today and no issues at all??

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A YouTube channel, Pet Rock's Garage, has a most excellent 20+ minute video on replacing Mustang rear brake components. Highly recommend even for people who have changed pads, calipers, slide pins, etc several times.
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I will check it out. Thanks

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