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    Freeing a sticking brake caliper,

    Im sure the brake caliper is sticking on my mk4 as how do I free it up any ideas

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    All i done to mine Brett was to take off the caliper. Once the whole unit was off i pumped the pedal until the piston popped out. Using some very fine emery cloth, gave the piston a clean, used some rag to clean inside the rubber boot on the caliper and re-assembled.

    Youll need to retop up the brake fluid and bleed it. You could also try and push the caliper back and forth in the caliper several times but i tried that and still stuck.

    Also check the 2 x 7mm slider (top & bottom) to see if they are free enough.

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    cheers matey any other ideas

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    What side is it mate?

    In the end i just ended up phoning 1 of those 24-7 parts places and getting a scrapped 1 and bunging that on.

    Only £35+delivery. Beats £97 for a recond 1.

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    drivers side, I only want it working matey as its going soon any way just getting it ready for 12 months ticket

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    Sorry to post to such an old post, but this is happening to mine too.

    I have a 2.0 SRI, 99 with 88000 miles on it.

    I spoke to my mate at vauxhall and he seems to think that the Astra G's had a recall??

    Has anyone else heard this??

    I need to change my back brake pads and cant do this until this problem has been fixed?

    ???

    xxx

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    i know it's re-occuring and i have heard of loads of people with the same problem, but not sure if it was a recall Andrea xx

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    It wasn't a recall as such - but a free modification to those who reported the problem. It either involved fitting Lucas calipers in preference to Bosch ones or the fitting of "damper weights" to the hand brake arm.

    The best course of action is to phone VX HQ 01582 427200 and let them decide if they will pay for the work to be done. If this be the case ensure you get a campaign no. off them (or what ever they may call it) before you even go near a dealer

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