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    Question Replacing Rear Brake Calipers

    I just had the rear brake pads and rotors of my 2003 EX replaced at a repair shop. The mechanic said both rear brake calipers need to be replaced since it was "sticking", and would cost $470. I declined the repair, but I do need to have it done since the previous pads wore out sooner due to the sticking. I called my trusted Honda mechanic and quoted me $1000 for the replacement, which shocked me since they always cost less. Just to compare, I also got a quote from the Honda dealer and it was $1200.

    So now I'm wondering if the caliper service from the repair shop is not a complete service, since the price difference is huge. They may start adding other repairs that "needs to be done" as they work on my CR-V. What is involved in replacing rear brake calipers?

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkayk787JIw


    Lets see. 40.00 per calipar. time to do. 15 minutes per wheel. or less

    what ever they charge for labour today 1 hour two max. I say 300 max get another shops quote?

    how did I ever miss putting my lin to the video in my stickie

    Someone BEST make my stickie a perm on top
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    Are you sure the premature wear wasn't just from sticking slider pins?
    And that your calipers are fine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racoon View Post
    Are you sure the premature wear wasn't just from sticking slider pins?
    And that your calipers are fine?

    I second this. Having two calipers actually fail would be rare. I'd just brake them down and lube everything up really well. Also, is your brake fluid original?
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    The first guy is pulling your leg, the second guy is telling you the answer to the wrong question.

    Get your 'slider pins' fixed and lubed.

    Lotsa threads exist, with links, photos, and even videos.

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    i had a rear caliper with a cock-eyed piston on my wife's CRV a few years back. I replaced it with a remanufactured caliper for under $100 after core deposit.

    Running fine since.

    I do inspect and relube any sticky slides though every 12-18months. If u wait 24 months in the snowbelt, u'll be replacing pads too.

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    http://youtube.com/watch?v=axyV75_pDzo


    yes this is the slide video LOL.
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    Thanks for the replies everyone.

    In reading the other threads about calipers, it would seem they don't need to be replaced for a long time if the pins are lubricated yearly. I only hope my Honda mechanic had been doing this everytime I bring my CR-V in for regular maintenance. Is it even part of the scheduled maintenance checklist? If not, then it's possible I do need new calipers because it would've been neglected. Chicago winters are harsh.

    I'll have to get them inspected somewhere else so I can get a 2nd opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJedi View Post
    Thanks for the replies everyone.

    In reading the other threads about calipers, it would seem they don't need to be replaced for a long time if the pins are lubricated yearly. I only hope my Honda mechanic had been doing this everytime I bring my CR-V in for regular maintenance. Is it even part of the scheduled maintenance checklist? If not, then it's possible I do need new calipers because it would've been neglected. Chicago winters are harsh.

    I'll have to get them inspected somewhere else so I can get a 2nd opinion.
    depends on the tech doing the work. i had my rear sliders seize 1 month after the dealer did a "brake service" with noted pad wear at 20% front and rear. the tech didn't lube the sliders and the remaining 80% of the pads wore out in 1 month. so don't assume it's a given that dealers will lube sliders

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJedi View Post
    Thanks for the replies everyone.

    In reading the other threads about calipers, it would seem they don't need to be replaced for a long time if the pins are lubricated yearly. I only hope my Honda mechanic had been doing this everytime I bring my CR-V in for regular maintenance. Is it even part of the scheduled maintenance checklist? If not, then it's possible I do need new calipers because it would've been neglected. Chicago winters are harsh.

    I'll have to get them inspected somewhere else so I can get a 2nd opinion.
    Quote Originally Posted by petee_c View Post
    i had a rear caliper with a cock-eyed piston on my wife's CRV a few years back. I replaced it with a remanufactured caliper for under $100 after core deposit.

    Running fine since.

    I do inspect and relube any sticky slides though every 12-18months. If u wait 24 months in the snowbelt, u'll be replacing pads too.

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    Even if you have a cock-eyed caliper, you don't need to replace the $600 caliper, unless it is damaged or leaking. You need to replace the $10 pin, and $0.50 rubber boot that probably developed a leak, and let the water permeate. Worst case scenario you need to replace the bracket where the pins slide into, if the opennings are rusted form the inside, or bore them out to spec.

    I highly doubt that any shop is including the brake service as part of the regular maintenance, but, if they do, you should see it on the receipt.

    This particular preventative brake service is not a "regular service" but rather a Technical Service Bulletin sent to Honda dealers in the "rust belt"

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