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Old 01-12-2019, 04:29 PM   #1
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Question Getting ABS Calipers Rebuilt

ABS brake calipers may be the death of this car I swear...I've been going through calipers every other brake job on my 92 240 because of seized pistons. Most recently I threw the calipers on the vise to unstick a piston...far from ideal but the supply of these calipers seems to be running low. FCP is out of front units except for a cardone (bleck), and ipd says it'll have to be ordered, though who knows if that order actually ends up with me getting a brake caliper that doesn't suck/even goes through.

This whole situation reminds me of the current state of remanufactured steering racks, where the only way to get a good one is to go to a mom & pop rebuilder like Jorgen Auto. I'm wondering if I'll have better luck doing the same with brake calipers.

So far I've found Phoenix Brake co. and John Stuart brakes. Anyone have any experience with them? I plan on reaching out to them and talking to see if we can't figure something out.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:06 PM   #2
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Find something modern that can be swapped to a 240.
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Find something modern that can be swapped to a 240.
I'd go with the RX7 calipers but they won't fit my Virgos that I love so much
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:00 PM   #4
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Seized pistons? What type of brake fluid do you use? How often do you replace it? Do you live in a high humidity/moist/salty environment?

What do the pistons look like? Can you do your own rebuild if the pistons are not too bad? (clean/dress pistons, new seals/dustboots.)
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:58 PM   #5
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Seized pistons? What type of brake fluid do you use? How often do you replace it? Do you live in a high humidity/moist/salty environment?

What do the pistons look like? Can you do your own rebuild if the pistons are not too bad? (clean/dress pistons, new seals/dustboots.)
Running ATE 200, replaced all too frequently because I'm frequently swapping out calipers.

Haven't pulled the pistons out. I'm concerned that rebuilding one myself with say, a Centric seal kit, isn't going to do me any better than buying a Centric caliper. I'm not sure if it's an issue with piston/bore tolerances or what, but whatever these companies are doing to rebuild this calipers is not sufficient.
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:41 AM   #6
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Rebuilding calipers is not difficult if you know what you're doing. Get a pair of ORIGINAL UNREBUILT VOLVO calipers and rebuild them. Done.
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:31 PM   #7
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Rebuilding calipers is not difficult if you know what you're doing. Get a pair of ORIGINAL UNREBUILT VOLVO calipers and rebuild them. Done.
You got a pair? I'm sure I'm not the only one that would love to find a pair of ORIGINAL UNREBUILT VOLVO calipers
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