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Siezed Brake Caliper

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Almost a horror story, after spending a lot of time putting my new radiator in then putting in new shockers and getting the suspension links and springs shot blasted and powder coated imagine my horror at the smell of smoke and burning rubber coming through the car, I stopped to investigate only to discover blue smoke coming out from under the front wheel arch got my fire extinguisher out and sprayed it over the front brake the wheel was red hot so was the caliper, fortunately I was only about a mile from home so limped it back very slowly. On closer inspecton after trying to rotate the wheel which would'nt move so I removed the caliper only to discover that the piston in the caliper had siezed solid. More importantly I read with interest the members who had lost their cars due to fire this could of so easily been another one to to add to the list fortunately in this case it won't be. I believe that the fire extinguisher I had allayed what could of turned out quite nasty

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There are three accessories all Lotus owners need. Membership of a roadside breakdown service, a mobile phone to call them, and a fire extingushier if they can't get there in time!

Roger :welcome:


Life is like a sewer, what you get out of it, depends on what you put into it. (Tom Leahrer)

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Recovery, Recovery and Recovery.

I insure via Footman James, so get their free recovery

I am an AA member for other reasons

Now my employer have just added free Green flag cover to my bank account back (that's free).

Anyone think that's over-kill on the recovery front?

Yes , I do carry a fire extinguisher and mobile telephone.

Andy

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In this instance the system had been flushed I did it last year when I changed the near side caliper. The caliper I took off looked like original fit from 1989 so corrosion had probably built up over a long period of time plus I suppose long periods of not doing anything contributed to the state of the internals of the caliper. Proof positive that Esprit's have to be used to keep everything working like it should

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