Hi, I need some help. Me and my friend were working on the rear brakes in my 88
GTA and he ended up ripping the boot/seal inside the caliper. I had the car
towed to the nearest garage thinking that I will only need to get a new caliper
and then my brake pads installed, so no big deal. I left the car at the garage
and called them the next day after they had checked it out. They said that I
need to replace both calipers and the master cylinder. I understand getting
both calipers replaced at the same time for sake of even wear and tear on them,
but why the master cylinder? I asked why and the guy said that the broken
caliper drained all the fluid from the master cylinder and broke it. That
doesn't sound quite right to me, especially since very little fluid was lost
while me and my friend were working on it and we only pumped the brakes 2-3
times afterwards to see if there was any pressure left...the car was not driven
at all after we got started. My brakes weren't that bad to begin with either. I
called another friend of mine who works for GM and he said that it sounds like
the guy wants to replace the master cylinder because it's easier to do that
rather than just fixing what is broke.
So my question is, does it sound like I need to replace the master cylinder? I
only planned on spending about $100-200, and now I stand to pay $500 for what
they want to do.
Any help/suggestions/advice is appreciated.
Why not just get a caliper rebuild kit and do it yourself?
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Unless your master cylinders rear side was already bad, what you did
would not hurt it. Even with a torn seal in the caliper, itshould not
have drained the rear camber in the master cylinder.
The calipers your car uses are known for 2 problems: Seizing park
brake, and not wanting to wind in for pad replacement. I have had simular
problems on other GM rear calipers. Especially W car rear calipers.
When replacing both rear calipers on a car, I locate the flex hose for
the rear brakes, and using hose pinch pliers, close it off. This prevents
the rear line, and master cylinder from running dry. Making bleeding a
My advice is: either take your car else where, or just ask them to fix
what you brought it in for.
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