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Old 05-18-2019, 11:07 PM   #1
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I have a 2006 WRX limited with the 4-pot front brakes. The driver side caliper was sticking, so I ordered two replacement calipers to replace both at the same time -- of course, I ordered two left / driver side calipers.

Can I use the driver side caliper on the right / passenger side? I understand that the bleeder valve would be in the wrong location (i.e., on bottom of caliper rather than the top). I could bleed the caliper before before mounting it -- I would invert it and used my brake spreader tool (or a block of wood) to keep the pads separated. Once the air was out of the lines, I would mount the caliper.

Any idea if this would work? If not, I will be shipping the caliper back...
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Old 05-19-2019, 11:47 AM   #2
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Ship it back imho the point of a bleeding to to get air out with the bleeder in the wrong place it will be way harder
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... I could bleed the caliper before before mounting it -- I would invert it and used my brake spreader tool (or a block of wood) to keep the pads separated. Once the air was out of the lines, I would mount the caliper.
Understand that the air would need to be bled from the caliper with the bleeder valve upright, which is why I mentioned inverting the caliper to get the bleeder valve to the top. I would need to place something between the pads as well, and once done, I would remove the object from between the pads and then mount the caliper upside down.

I would like to understand if anyone else has done this before.

I wanted to replace both calipers at the same time, and of course RockAuto doesn't have a rebuilt right/passenger caliper. My inclination is to send it back and just watch for a rebuilt one to become available.
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