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    Angry Stupid Caliper Piston doesnt retract...

    Well, after the hassle of the brakes squealing, I did everything I could, copperslip'd the rear of the pads etc, bled the system, greased the slider bolts...

    I've now resigned to the fact that I must have a sticking piston. Ive followed every bit of advice and nothings worked... it moves out... but not in!

    But before I bother sending my calipers to be reconditioned and all internals, seals etc replaced next week... (Does £125 sound ok?)

    I'm going to assume/guess that it's not the master cylinder, ABS pump or servo etc that could be faulty as its only the single caliper???

    Its getting more than annoying now, the drivers side just rubs and grinds when they're cold, but once they get warm, then hot... the car struggles to move sometimes! And that's were the problem of taking it to a garage kicks in, they never drive the car long enough to see/feel what happens.

    So, I'm going to see if Vauxhall Fareham will have a look on Tuesday before I do anything else drastic, but I welcome all comments and advice from everyone on here, as always.

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    Is it front or rear matey?

    I just had a rear replaced on mine and the caliper (brand new) was only £70 (excluding labour) so I would get a new one rather than get it re-conditioned!!

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    Its the front, 314 setup.

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    Its a dead easy DIY job; rebuild kit for both calipers is approx £30. If you can fit the 314s yourself then rebuilding them is childs play in comparison.

    On the 314's the caliper piston is alloy as is the caliper body, so I think that sticking (due to a corroded piston or body) is unlikey.

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    I would get a new caliper no messing about and the exchange fee you get back brings the price down a lot.

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    are they std callipers . if so will have a pair of mine as upgrading the rears of mine to vxr vented ones this week end

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    Where do you get the kit from? I'm just going to put my 302's on this weekend, then probably look at striping them or sending them off for a refurb.

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    BiggRed callipers – stock item from memory

    Seriously mate, by the time you take off two sets of callipers & disks, then refit another set, you could easily refurb a 314mm caliper. I reckon 20 mins. Its only two seals; a fool could do it.

    Clamp brake hose

    Remove sticky calliper

    Push out piston with air supply (I used a footpump – protect piston with rag or it flies out!)

    Pop out old seals

    Squirt brake cleaner into caliper

    Asses condition of caliper/piston

    Refit new seals

    Fit caliper to car

    Bleed.

    Done. 1.5hrs work max – sub 60mins if your quick!

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    Have you tried dealer, I was quoted £56 for a reconditioned rear caliper for a 1.8.

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    Sounds easy... I bet it's not LOL

    have you done it to the 314 setup?

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