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  • Has anyone rebuilt calipers?

    Usually when I need to do brakes and my calipers are shot I order some remanufactured calipers. However, recently when I was doing some research on doing the brakes on my daily driver I came across information about rebuilding the calipers yourself.

    It didn’t look very difficult- from what I gather the caliper consists of 2 rubber seals and a piston. To remove your old piston you remove the brake pads and pump your brakes a few times and your piston will pop out. Once that is out you clean up the outside, pull off the two seals and install the new ones. One seal fits inside the caliper almost like an “o-ring”. Then you slide the old or a new piston back in and install the outside seal.

    If you require new bleeders they can be bought as well. It sounds pretty simple, but wanted to know if anyone here has any experience doing this?

    The cost to do this is substantially cheaper. When I priced it out for my daily driver a new piston was like $10 at Rockauto and the seals were like $4.

    2002 SOM Z28 Camaro - 12.9 @ 104 mph
    1996 3800 Camaro - 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


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    Sounds pretty simple. Never done one though.
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    • #3
      I have some spare rear calipers for the Camaro that I have kept. Thinking of rebuilding them just for the fun of it maybe...

      2002 SOM Z28 Camaro - 12.9 @ 104 mph
      1996 3800 Camaro - 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


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      • #4
        I have some spares for my 98+ upgrade, let me know how yours goes and I’ll do mine.
        08' L76 6.0L 4X4 Chevy EXT.Cab LTZ Vortec MAX with Snug top cover, Dynomax exhaust,Hptuners& K&N intake
        96' Camaro M5 to A4 conversion, alot of mods ,see Homepage. GT35R Turbo http://www.cardomain.com/ride/244123...vrolet-camaro/
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        • #5
          When are you installing yours?

          2002 SOM Z28 Camaro - 12.9 @ 104 mph
          1996 3800 Camaro - 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


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          • #6
            Originally posted by LETZRIDE View Post
            When are you installing yours?
            Hopefully, this month depending on the weather.
            08' L76 6.0L 4X4 Chevy EXT.Cab LTZ Vortec MAX with Snug top cover, Dynomax exhaust,Hptuners& K&N intake
            96' Camaro M5 to A4 conversion, alot of mods ,see Homepage. GT35R Turbo http://www.cardomain.com/ride/244123...vrolet-camaro/
            https://www.facebook.com/steve.starcher.18

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            • #7
              Try to find a GM rebuilt kit as it will have everything you need - and instructions.


              For a 98+ front:

              p/n 18026160 (4ea)



              For a 98+ rear:

              p/n 12530687 (2ea)

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              • #8
                Haven’t done it in years, but it is pretty simple.

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                • #9
                  I wanted to try on my daily driver. Once I had my caliper apart and played with it a bit I was glad I didn’t opt to choose that route. It didn’t seem as easy as I thought for me. Granted my stuff was all seized up...

                  2002 SOM Z28 Camaro - 12.9 @ 104 mph
                  1996 3800 Camaro - 13.43 @ 100.77 mph


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                  • #10
                    You'll have to rebuild the caliper yourself. Most brake calipers that fail get replaced with either a new part or a rebuilt one. ... All you need to do is install the caliper, bleed it, and you're back on the road in a few minutes...

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