2008 Honda Civic EX, manual transmission, 105K, e-brake cable has been checked multiple times.
Last November, I was doing routine maintenance on my Civic. When replacing the brake pads, I noticed the rear driver caliper was pretty sticky, so I decided to go ahead and replace both rear calipers. Fast forward to a month later, I was having problems with the e-brake releasing. Maybe it’s something I did, so I took it to a mechanic. They replaced the calipers again and sent me on my way. A WEEK later, the rear driver failed (frozen). I took it to a different mechanic who did the same thing. A WEEK later, frozen. Replaced on warranty, two weeks later, FROZEN. Replaced hoses. Two weeks later, FROZEN. Replaced caliper again. Here we are, two months later and it’s 100 percent FROZEN, the wheel won’t even turn. All mechanics involved are stumped and not sure where to start. I can’t imagine that I’ve had that many faulty calipers in a row. Also, on the driver side rear, it was replaced twice (because of “pair”) and it has never failed. Even on the initial repair, it was in much better shape than the other caliper. The only constant is on the very first failure and today’s failure-the car was parked for a week while I was out of town on business, and it rained both times. It’s a bit beyond rust though as the wheel won’t move on pavement. This past weekend I opened up the main brake line and just HEMORRHAGED it. Since I discovered the freeze early this time, it didn’t destroy the caliper and it opened up when the line was opened. I had a guy pouring, another guy catching, and I was pumping the line. I’m thinking it’s debris in the line or something, but I wasn’t able to catch anything since it’s probably further up on the way back to the master cylinder.
Something I’m missing? Any ideas before I take it to Honda and spend 1 billion dollars?