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can I replace only caliper pistons or just replace the whole caliper?

I presume you have checked that the heat is down to the brakes dragging and not another cause? Especially given the history of accident damage. Does the wheel spin freely with the caliper removed, ...
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Anything wrong with this custom brake caliper design?

You assume that the piston fully retracts into the caliper when you release the brake. But that's not true. When the pad wears, it becomes thinner, and the piston moves out to compensate. But when ...
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Do I need to replace both front calipers because of a snapped bleeder valve?

Brake pads should be replaced in pairs, that is to make sure you get even braking action. Calipers do not need to be replaced in pairs I would suspect anyone telling you that wants to rip you off. A ...
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New front right caliper locking up

The rubber brake hose that goes to the caliper needs replacing. Internal damage in the hose will prevent fluid pressure from dropping when you release the brakes, causing the brake to stay engaged.
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How big a difference is a 0.25mm thread pitch on a bolt?

They won't fit! If, say, it's 1.25 instead of 1mm, you'll be trying to match 4 turns on the bolt to 5 on the caliper. I strongly recommend you don't try, as you could very easily trash the threads on ...
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Rattling noise after break pad, disk and caliper change

I wonder if they didn't install the anti rattle clip that comes with the pads? That will cause what you are describing. Also, it wouldn't make noise by just spinning the wheel. It would happen when ...
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New caliper will not close

I usually put a flat bar across the piston then put the C clamp on that, for 2 reasons: it tends to keep the piston "square" so it does not lock or jam in the bore which means it does not go back far ...
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Do I need to replace both front calipers because of a snapped bleeder valve?

You need to speak to an engineering firm, either that or buy a set of easy outs. When I've snapped off bleed screws on VW's in the past, I've always had success at removing the remains of the snapped ...
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Do I need to replace both front calipers because of a snapped bleeder valve?

The calipers do not always need to be replaced in pairs. If the shop looked at the calipers they may have determined that the odds of getting the bleeders out is too low. Depending on the shops hourly ...
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Brakes smoking overheating and car shaking

The heat is happening because the caliper is not retracting properly. Normally, I'd suggest replacing the caliper - they're cheap on most (not high performance) cars. However, you state that the you ...
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Cannot open Caliper bolt

I know your pain, I've been there before! Firstly, buy new bolts, as even if you get that one out intact, you won't want to re-use it! When I had this problem (on a Subaru Forester), I got a kit that ...
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Seized Calipers That Move - Worth Keeping?

If there is a big difference in the effort required to retract the piston I would replace the caliper. Prior to doing so I would verify the issue isn't a bad brake hose. It doesn't happen often but ...
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2016 Honda Accord Sport

What you are describing sounds like one or both of your rear brake calipers (assuming that the emergency brake acts on the rear brakes on that car) is sticking or that the emergency brake is not ...
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