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    Sticking calliper, is there an easy way to free it off?

    The Ditchfinder General is nearing completion (Hurrah) problem is where he has been sitting for so long the nearside calliper keeps sticking (boo).

    Is there an easy (read lazy) way to free it off or do I have to strip it down and do it properly?

    Could I just pop the pads out and get my able assistant to apply pressure to the brake pedal and just work it back and forth a few times?

    As it is booked for its MOT on Saturday dont want to spend forever on a problem that will most likely go away with a bit of use.

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    Paul given my background you know I shouldn't be saying this but sometimes the 'back and forth ' method works!

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    Doused it in brake cleaner and left it till tomorrow. Will use the patent Plumpcar method tomorrow evening....

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    Yes on the in and out but clean the piston before it goes back.

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    I'm sure I've got a new caliper for a Tri Chevy conversion here, the Chevelle type, but not sure which side. Let me know how you get on before spending any money on one Paul.

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    The In and Out Method is good.. Most of the time, the calipers are not a major issue, it is the rubber brake hose that doesnt let the fluid flow back out of the Calipers, so it cause them to stay applied because there is less Return Fluid Pressure.. When you are applying the brakes, you are forcing the fluid through the rubber lines into the calipers.. But when you release pedal, the pressure to remove the fluid is a mere fraction.

    So, before you scrap any calipers, be sure to replace your rubber connection hoses, you will save yourself alot of headache.

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    Thanks Ian, all the pipes are new so don't think that was the problem.

    Swapped over an old crusty caliper that was lying in the corner of the garage and...Ta Da! It worked. Just goes to show you never throw anything away....

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    just done a couple of bike one,s buy sticking them in a bucket of diesel for while

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