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I have a burnt rubber smell coming from the rear passenger side tire. My dealer says it was most likely caused by the shop that replaced the brakes and rotors. I went to that shop and he is saying there is no way they caused the caliper to seize. Who should I believe?

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The dealer. The caliper is what operates the brakes. Did they install new hardware on the calipers? New slider bolts, if equipped, are a must as part of the brake job.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011

  • gerry bissi Mar 18, 2011

    The piston is a very smooth surface with a seal around it. It has brake fluid on it at all times behind the seal. The outer area is exposed but very seldom does the piston seize unless it's a very old car. I don't know your design, but the caliper usually slides in and out on 2 caliper bolts that are lubed with calpier grease. Most of the time, that is the issue - the caliper does not return due to coorosion of the bolt and lack of grease.
    You did not say what kind of car you have, what year and mileage.
    Warranty would usually be 3/36 for a brake caliper.
    Usually, you can get a new one or reman for about $40. I think you should ask teh shop to put the calpier on for free if you pay for it. Just make sure of the caliper price first.



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SOURCE: just replaced new pads and rotors, know both rear

Do you live near the sea? Do you use the car to launch a boat ?. The third idea is, how often do you replace the brake fluid. I absorbs water very quickly and corrodes the alloy parts in the callipers. As you pump brakes, it pushes impurities out to the end of the lines. Fronts are closest then rears.

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i have had the same problem whhat i did was take off the wheels cleaned everything with break cleaner then ssprayed some in the brake cilinder and has worked fine for me

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SOURCE: bolts holding front rotors on are seized up. how

I would try some WD-40 on the bolts. Also, you can try heating up around where the bolt goes into. Where the brake pads and calipers go should be very clean and lubricated.

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SOURCE: Rear brakes need pads, with calipers, and rotor.

Your question is very valid. Why calipers so early? German calipers a reputable as high quality, my experience with several owned in the past backs this up. There may have been a modification or possible unforseen in your particular vehicle requiring an upgrade/ change but you should be disclosed this info by VW. Possibly the old dealer "maintainance thing" ( had a friend w/ BMW and they said he needed $1500 tire rotation/suspension balance- total BS). Basicly, if the piston(s) move freely, don't leak, and the sliding part of the assembly does not hang up, you should be OK. Please update me as I would like to know how you did, Thanx, MK

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