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Old 04 Jun 2013, 04:34 pm
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Had the right hand front brake caliper lock up on me on the way home from work today...fortunately it happened real close to home and it didn't lock up solidly. Anyway it happened at only 35600 mi on my 08 base PT...seems rather low mileage for such a problem...anybody else have this happen on their PT and if so, at what mileage?

btw...will be changing the other side also in the near future as a precaution. Also, the new ones look like they have phenolic pistons.

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Had the right hand front brake caliper lock up on me on the way home from work today...fortunately it happened real close to home and it didn't lock up solidly. Anyway it happened at only 35600 mi on my 08 base PT...seems rather low mileage for such a problem...anybody else have this happen on their PT and if so, at what mileage?

btw...will be changing the other side also in the near future as a precaution.
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Glad to hear that nothing else happened to you or you PT!

Millage and age has less to do with your calipers logivity, brake fluid breaking down causing problems is more likely something to look at. If you are changing even one caliper you should have the brake fluid system flushed and changed.

If you have the opportunity or curiosity tear apart the caliper i am sure you will find that it had either bad brake fluid or moisture that cause its failure.
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Low mileage can be the enemy of brakes. Far as the fluid parts go. Long periods of inactive use lead to pitting and moisture in the fluid. Don't forget the rubber hoses. They have been known to cause this condition on some cars.
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Not uncommon at all, I am the king of frozen calipers.

Note I bleed my brakes on all my cars every other year, but since they sit alot, I think that cause the problem.

Here is a tip, buy the rebuilt calipers at Advance and get the life time warranty. Then go to the junky and pull a like set of calipers, in about a year exchange them for some new rebuilt ones and have them on the shelf.

I would also change the rotors and pads, especially if you smoke em good.

I had one on my Jeep rear lock pretty good one day and it was nice and warm. Ditto on my Durango.
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Now I have to try it ! .. Mine's never been done, still nice and clean, I guess when you see clean fluid you tend to get lazy
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Well, took apart the bad caliper and surprisingly the bore looked mirror smooth, however, the fluid remaining inside was nasty...lots of rust particles. System was bled 3 years ago. Anyway, pedal and braking action feels nicer now.
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