I have a VW Golf 2005 reg TDI 2.0. I am having to replace calliper one after another. The first time it was front passenger side, and then rear passenger side. Now I am replacing the front driver side, and I am wondering if there is an underlying issue I'm not aware of. When I bought the car it had 83k miles. Now it has 110k miles.


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    Consider this a lesson to have brake repairs done in pairs. If one side has failed, the other is likely on it's way out too. And it's probably better to have new parts on both sides to ensure even braking.
    – cory
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 16:36
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    Why are you having to replace the calipers? What is going wrong with them?
    – raydowe
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 17:14
  • @cory All other brakes were replaced at the same time, it's only the calliper that I changed alone as the faulty was one
    – Jack M
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 19:14
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    @JackM, i suggest you update your question with the actual symptoms you were having before replacing the calipers.
    – GdD
    Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 10:49
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    did replacing the calipers fix your problem ? Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 9:24

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Caliper failure typically means that a seal has gone bad, letting dirt in, and one of the sliding parts has worn down to the point where it's either stuck or leaking profusely. All moving parts wear eventually, but this happens prematurely when the calipers are not maintained during a brake service.

To maintain a caliper, it should be cleaned and regreased any time you replace pads or rotors. The rubber boots should be checked for wear and damage, and replaced if there is any. The bushings and sliding parts should also be checked for wear. Sometimes these are replaceable, sometimes you have to replace the whole caliper, it depends on the design.

This important step was probably skipped during the last brake job, and now you're seeing the result.

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