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Rear wheel getting hot , sticky caliper

So last last weekend stopped to put some petrol in a noticed a smell of hot brake pad on drivers rear touched the wheel and it was getting quite warm so it looks like the caliper is binding on a little .this doesnt happen every trip , so I took it to a local brake tyre place this morning ( its booked in over in brum where I normally take it next week for the mot but don't fancy driving 40 mile) , the local place in telford had a quick look said they sprayed some stuff on it , they didn't charge me but said to see how I go on but it may need a new caliper , he didn't say how much I didn't ask as I thougt it may have been fixed .When I got home same problem .

So my question is will I need a new caliper and would it be ok to drive Birmingham, although I would rather get another local proper garage to have a look before driving there.
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Might just be a stuck piston. Just get a piston winding tool, disassemble the caliper, clean everything up, lubricate everything, and put it back together. The sliding pins on the calipers have tendencies to seize up and just need to be cleaned up along with having the piston wound back.

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As said above, the sliders are most likely and are notorious on 916's, shouldn't be too bad to sort it.
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Don't pay any more than £90 for a new rear caliper if needed.
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You can pick up caliper refurb kits on the net, I've just done mine. Pretty easy really, you need circlip pliers and a caliper rewind tool.
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Had similar (same) problem and it was the break hose
If I went over a bump or pot hole it would free up.
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I had a similar problem on my Fiat Coupe. Calipers are similar if not the same...

The slider pins had rusted due to the rubber boots being split.

I cleaned them up and applied copper grease, seemed to do the trick.
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Thanks for the replies guys , the work the local did must have freed it up as did 80 miles yesterday with no problems (Apart from getting lost but cant blame the garage for that)

The car of to Birmingham on Saturday for h MoT and few other bits and bobs so I'll
ask them to take a good look .


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I had similar problem on my spider. For me it was the original brake line had blocked. Replaced it and all is fine.

Apparently when they get old they collapse from the inside.

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