Seized front brake calipers

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subheatadey

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Hi Guys,
I decided to drag the bus out of the garage and the front disc brakes are seized , it is a '71. I think the brake flex I replaced not too long ago but I will check they aren't collapsed but I think it is the calipers so I need a service kit. My question to the all knowledgeables amongst you is the front calipers on the 71 the same as the late bays?
 

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Hiya, late bays are different but conversion kits are easy to find. Awkward year 71 as they could be a one year only type like on my Nov 70.
Also you could recon them yourself.I bought a piston / seal kit from Big Redd.
 

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Have you tried driving it? It is pretty common for the pads to stick to the discs if not used for a time, and similarly the slider pins in the callipers can become a bit more resistant to movement. A short drive will normally free them off if this is the case and if the sticking is a bit worse, then generating a bit of heat in them can also release any stuck parts. Obviously if the wheel isn’t turning at all then you might want to free that off before generating a flat spot in your tire!
 

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^^^ As said there,,,,, drive it, maybe back and forth a tad just to free it off then once around the block then get back and have a pint :lol: If it’s pulling to one side after you been around the block, then a further investigation is warranted.

Ozziedog,,,,,,,,,disc brakes??? Just showing off Ade ;) ;) :mrgreen:

P.S. you Ok bud, ? :mrgreen:
 

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I know Ozzy 'disc brakes' I'm living the dream, It just got tighter has I drove it. Disgusting really you would have though they would have lasted longer than 49 years! :D

I have just pulled off the first caliper the seals are destroyed, and the pistons are seized. been per-petulantly skint I need to find a service kit for them but first I need to get the pistons out, think I shall first have a go by pressurising with grease gun and hopefully move them that way :?
 

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Just rang vwheritage seems like 71 calipers is one year only and if my pistons are toast I have a big problem - bollocks! £27.50 per caliper for seals FFS
 

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Caliper pistons seized solid, but old trick and pumped 'em out with grease gun. Still have to buy seals strangely I just bought a pair of new brake calipers for my T4 for £46.00. Seems baffling a pair of seals for a T2 £60.00 :(
 

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subheatadey said:
Caliper pistons seized solid, but old trick and pumped 'em out with grease gun. Still have to buy seals strangely I just bought a pair of new brake calipers for my T4 for £46.00. Seems baffling a pair of seals for a T2 £60.00


Supply and demand my old mucker :roll: How many T4s have they sold recon kits this year and how many 71s only do think they sell. :shock:

Ozziedog,,,,,,,,,,,surprised it’s not more than double to be honest :shock: :mrgreen: :lol: :mrgreen: :shock:
 

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As a matter of interest the seal kit i got from Big Redd brakes was £37 delivered including new pistons, that was June 2018. Same calipers as yours.
I got pistons my out with a foot pump but mine weren't seized.
 

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Hi Redgaz54, yes I found them too and hopefully they may be here today :bliss: it makes it reasonable with the pistons too. The pistons were well seized in too, I reckon I could get another 20 miles to the gallon now :lol:
 

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When i did mine the van really felt better to drive, although not seized i think they may have been dragging a bit, i fitted new wheel bearings at the same time too. Even my co-pilot Nige could feel the difference !. :roll:
 

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