# Dealer recommending new calipers

I have a '12 VW Passat (66k miles) and recently the rear brakes have been squealing when backing out of parking in morning and sometimes when rolling to a stop. I first thought it was just rust build up but the sound is a high pitch squeal. Also, after 5-6 mile drive to work, the rear wheels sometimes get really hot, so hot that I cannot keep my finger on alloy wheel for 10+ seconds. It does not always happen and has happened on both of the rear wheels but always one at a time.

In one such instance of heating up, I jacked up the car and tried to spin the wheel that became hot with hand, and I could spin it with 1 finger. But when I do that, I can hear a rubbing noise once every revolution.

So I took it to the dealer and they are saying that both of the rear calipers are sticking to replace them is the only option (\$).

Are they ripping me off here?

I bought the car as a lease return in 2015 (35k miles) and have not done any brake work on it since then. The car has been in Midwest (MI/IN/KY) all its life and since I bought it, it has always been parked outside and used for <1 mile commute to work. But I do wash it every 1 or 2 weeks in winter months. Also, I am not an aggressive driver, and generally coast down to stop lights/signs.

• It could be several things. Sticky caliper slides, something wrong with the slave cylinder (the piston in the caliper) or something warped or broken. Usually you can fix calipers yourself with a little time and lubricant, but if you're hiring it done it would probably be cheaper and a more sure fix if they replace them. Another thing which might cause this same symptom is if there were air bubbles in the brake lines, but I'm guessing they bled them already so that wouldn't be the issue. – the_storyteller May 9 '19 at 15:05
• No offense, but why drive it at all if your commute is <1 mile? That's a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute bicycle ride. – Spivonious May 9 '19 at 17:44
• @Spivonious there can be lots of valid reasons why someone would commute such a distance.. being judgmental about someone's decisions isn't exactly helpful towards fixing their issue. – motosubatsu May 10 '19 at 9:20