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I keep having problems with left front caliper and rotor have replaced twice in one year

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Mcdevito75 here, Believe it or not your problem may be on the right side, if the right side caliper and or Rotor are not working right it could cause the left side to work harder and thus waer down faster. Have your local shop check it out. If you do your own work check out the right sde brakes.

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