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Brake Calipers

I have researched many threads on brake issues for a while. Some people that have had caliper problems, replace the caliper only to have the same problem within a year or two.

I need to replace the front passenger side caliper, and will replace both the fronts while I do this. My question is which calipers have had better success, Fords, Napa, Oreily's, etc. I usually go with the OEM when replacing parts, should I do the same here with the calipers?

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Personally I think you can get away with any of them. Make sure the slide pins are well lubricated and flush your brake fluid. It should really be flushed every 2 years at a minimum.
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I recently checked and re-lubed all the slide pins, thought that might be the culprit. They are all good, but still have a pulsing from the front. Brake pads are fine, and the front rotors were replaced in June 2013. I think it is just finally time to do the calipers. I will flush the fluid at the same time. Last time that was done is just over 2 years now.

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I also changed caliper, i had a problem with my rear strut so I went to a garage, I was told by the mech that my calliper is seized and that my brake shoe was almost worn out (changed 4 months ago with the caliper), and also I can smell the shoe burning sometimes, which was the reason i had changed the calliper.

OEM is good....
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In the past 2 years I replaced brakes all the way around, once was advanced auto junk, so then I tried Napa, they failed again but they replaced them for me, just put all new calipers rotors and pads on in August.... we will see.

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I don't think it makes a bit of difference which brand rebuilt calipers you use. This is an original front part from the now gone '06 F350 and at less then 2 years/38K miles:


It cost me a pair of front rotors as well:



I then replaced these with a pair of NAPA's. Those lasted less then a year before one seized and the other started leaking. The next was a full set of four Centric's along with new Centric rotors from Rock Auto which 3 lasted until last fall when one pin seized even with a good coating of grease due to gouges on the pin. Where did those gouges come from - they sure weren't there when I installed the calipers. Every one of those calipers had lots of good special caliper pin grease on the pins when I installed them. The fix - check them and regrease those pins and the pad slides a couple times a year. My current '11 F250 - it's past due, but at what the current temps are - eventually

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