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Old 02-12-2013, 12:00 AM   #1
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I was cruising along at highway speed when I noticed a lot of vibration in the steering wheel. When I pulled to the side of the road my front right caliper was smoking like crazy. To see if the caliper was locked up I put the car in neutral but I could still push the car. From my understanding the parking brake only effects the back so I dont think that was the issue. The calipers I'm running were put on by waltz 20k miles ago. Does anyone have any idea as to what might be going on?
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:52 AM   #2
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you need a real mechanic to fix it right for ya...junk calipers installed most likely

dont drive it again until you get it fixed
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:56 AM   #3
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Seized piston or really trashed brake pads, or both. You need to take it apart and see if the slider pins are retracting. Caliper might need a rebuild, or maybe they were just installed wrong. 20k is a long time ago, can you still get them to pay for repairs?
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:26 AM   #4
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Says their warranty is a minimum of 12 months or 12k miles, whichever comes first. Still have the receipt but I have a feeling they are going to say no way. This is ridiculous though, my car doesn't even have 80k miles and I'm potentially looking at a 3rd set of calipers
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12k miles was 8k miles ago.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:57 AM   #6
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12k miles was 8k miles ago.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:36 AM   #7
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Says their warranty is a minimum of 12 months or 12k miles, whichever comes first. Still have the receipt but I have a feeling they are going to say no way. This is ridiculous though, my car doesn't even have 80k miles and I'm potentially looking at a 3rd set of calipers
There are plenty of Subaru enthusiasts in NWIC. Find someone who knows how to work on brakes and have them show you how to take a look at them. It's most likely a bound up slider pin or two, which can be fixed very easily. I don't see any reason to think you need a new caliper.

(Why were the calipers replaced 20k miles ago? And calipers don't have to be replaced in pairs - you only have one potentially bad caliper.)
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