Hi, I'm new to the board and would welcome any advice. I have a 1992 318is with about 164K. About a month ago I noticed the steering wheel would shake at certain times even after I got my tires balanced. The shaking would come and go but the problem got gradually worse. A few days ago i started smelling a burning smell. I took off my tires and noticed one of my calipers wasn't opening up. I already tried bleeding the caliper and flushing out the break lines but it didn't solve the problem. The caliper now only closes and won't reopen unless I bleed it and force the pads back manaully. I'm thinking about replacing it by buying a used caliper since the car is already so old. My question is will a caliper for a newer model 3 series (E36) ) fit my car or should I get one from the same year?
Originally posted by The Deuce@Apr 14 2005, 10:35 AM You need one like you have.
If you want to upgrade your entire front brakes, you can do that, but if you upgrade one part of one side, it isn't going to work.
I have a 1992. Do I need to get a caliper from the same year car or will a 1994 or 1995 also fit? Only the front rigth caliper is broken so I'm not sure if i should be replacing the left one too if it's working fine.
Hey Duffman, I am a tech and to be honest the last place you want short cut is your braking system.
What you are experiencing is a seal in the caliper bore that is swollen from contamination. Causing the caliper piston to not return back into the bore.
Now days most shops buy rebuild calipers instead of rebuilding calipers because the savings on labor and liability.
If I were you I would replace both calipers with rebuilt units and before installing the new calipers flush out the old brake fluid.
Hope this helps.
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