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Old 07-12-2005, 10:07 AM
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Loaded Caliper?????????

can someone PLEASE shed some light on this for me? a loaded caliper is something you buy from the auto parts with the piston and everything already installed. am i right???

ok, this brake shop told my sister the calipers on her car were garbage because they werent loaded. now, if they werent loaded they wouldnt have the pistons in them and thus the fluid would be leakin all over the place.

please, if i am wrong tell me... lol... because as it is now i think the shop is trying to screw my sister over.

i told her they were full of it......
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Old 07-12-2005, 11:23 AM
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most all brake calipers re manufactured or new come ready to install mt definition of a loaded caliper is when the caliper already come with the pads in the box .

so that being said i dont know what he's talking about because most of the time the loaded calipers come w/ the cheapest pads
obviously the price dictates the quality (most of the time)
so
organics; cheep
semi metallic: better
ceramic ; best
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Old 07-12-2005, 11:27 AM
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But you can get Wagner Thermo-quiet loaded calipers which come with the Thermo-quiet pads which are what we use when we change calipers... (good stuff...)

With cheap pads come problems so we stay away from such...
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Old 07-12-2005, 11:47 AM
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ok cool. thanks guys
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thermo quiet?? where r they on the pecking order?

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It is probably a lack of communication between your sister, the technician, and you. Very common... usually ends with me getting yelled at.

Lack of communication ended up with your sister believing her calipers currently on the car are not loaded. Well, they're not. That is a term for something in a box. It is the kit-n-caboodle.

Loaded calipers usually come with all the brackets, pins, and hardware, as well as pads, etc...
All calipers you would buy would come with the piston installed, loaded or not.

If the caliper is seized on a pin in the bracket, or the bracket is bent, missing hardware, maybe severe rust, etc...
The easiest and least expensive solution might be a loaded caliper.
Or
He is recommending calipers as peventive maintenence, and selling a loaded caliper saves you on individual hardware and pin prices, insures it is all new, and saves you on labor, as well as makes his job easier, and reduces the chance you'll come back with problems.

Or, the tech is just a moron

Thermo quiet are an excellent steet pad for customer satisfaction IMO.
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