Might’ve done a dumb thing.
Thought I had a sticking caliper. Brake pads needed to be replaced. While I was doing that I thought I’d get any crude off the caliper piston, see if that helped. Got this based off a youtube video. Showed how you do the brake and the piston comes out and then you take steel wool to it.
While it was coming out think it went too far. Brake fluid came out.
Tried putting it back in with a c-clamp like I normally did. Was cranking and and cranking and knew in the past it could get a little tough to retract but boy was I really cranking.
Gave up. Piston’s stuck. My guess in retrospect was that the c-clamp wasn’t pushing it in evenly and now the things jammed.
Anyway are there any suggestions of what to do to get the thing retracted, or at this point does it sound like I caused damage jamming it. That leaking brake fluid is probably not the best sign in the world.
Not sure if at this point I shouldn’t just take it in. But it was one of those things where I was just trying to limp along for another 10k or so and this one sounds like it could be a costly repair.
How much you think it would cost you to fix a front frozen caliper on a 2001 Avalon? Not sure if you replace it or it can be repaired. One of those deals where it’s an old car and this repair could be the one where we decide to replace the car.
I guess I’m assuming it’s a stuck caliper.
What’s been happening is that about a year ago the car had been shuddering wildly at 45 miles an hour and up, and then at lower speeds as well. Felt and sounded like those old shopping carts when you’d get a bad wheel. Shortly afterward noticed the brakes going. Replaced pads. Problem went away for six months then came back. Replaced pads again (though thye weren’t worn down that bad) and it went away again for a few months.
Today it was back. And also I’d get a bad smell from the front tire and the rim was very hot to the touch… Looked it up on line and it said caliper.
Replaced the pads, but could not get the get the piston back in.
Here I might’ve screwed up. Had extended it out thinking that I’d see if there was any crude on it hanging it up, but I’m wondering if I overextended it and then trying to force it back in got it stuck.
Sorry for the long email, but wanted to give you a full picture of what was going on.
Based off what I’m describing does this sound like a big job and how much would you think it would to repair. I can supply you with any further information if necessary.