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Old 12-16-2008, 04:23 PM   #1
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So I was replacing my brake pads on my 2006 Subaru WRX STi because the stock ones were shot after 50k. I purchased the Hawk HPS brake pads and began my installation. I installed the driver side pads with no problems at all but when I began the installation on the passenger side I came across a major problem I think. Oh and these are the front brake pads I am replacing.

I have taken a few pictures and they can be seen at the following link.

http://picasaweb.google.com/hoeflm/S...y=1Bk2N48oyd0#

The brake cylinder cannot be pushed bake so I cannot install the pad. It looks like that seal is broken. Can this be replaced? If so will I be able to replace it or is it easier for me to tow the car to a shop? Or maybe I am doing something wrong whatever the case may be I cannot install the inside brake pad.

Any insight/help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-16-2008, 05:54 PM   #2
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that looks like the outer dust seal / boot - it's not an actual hydraulic seal

replacing it is not a big deal and can probably be done on the vehicle however if you can't press the piston back it suggests that it's been torn for quite a while and brake dust / dirt has got in and seized the piston into the bore - was the car pulling under braking? can you see it move when you press the pedal? (re-fit the caliper before trying that else you may push the piston right out of the bore which WILL require a complete rebuild)
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Old 12-16-2008, 05:55 PM   #3
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ya need to rebuild that caliper
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:21 PM   #4
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How much will a complete rebuild cost and is that warranty item or is it associated with regular maintenance? Also I did not notice any pulling while braking.

So if I am going to have this caliper rebuilt should I just take the whole care to a shop or take the caliper off and have it separately rebuilt? If that is the case how would I go about removing the caliper?
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:23 PM   #5
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Also how does something like this happen without any notice? The reason I ask is because all of the seals I have on the front pistons look pretty worn.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:38 PM   #6
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if it is still under warranty....take it---the car....to the dealer have them deal with it
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:47 PM   #7
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I actually talked to a dealer today they said the brembo calipers are only covered until 36,000 miles which I guess sucks to be me.
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:54 AM   #8
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bump, wtf did you do? And why'd you wait until 50k to swap em? Did the wear indicators never make a sound prior to then?

Not trying to be harsh or critical, but I've got 29k on my pads and I always drive the car very very easily unless I'm doing HPDE or AutoX (not too often).
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Old 12-21-2008, 12:10 AM   #9
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If you are handy save the money by buying a caliper rebuild kit and call it a day. As for having someone else rebuild them have a shop give you a quote.
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