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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, Calipers and pads in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; I have a 2007 CTS, 3.6L with about 106K miles. I need to replace the calipers and wanted some advice ...
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    Calipers and pads

    I have a 2007 CTS, 3.6L with about 106K miles. I need to replace the calipers and wanted some advice on which brand to buy. My service codes are FE2 and JL9. I use the car for commuting to work on highway and local roads. My local shop wants to charge $150 each for calipers. I've seen them cheaper and am tempted to buy them myself and have him put them on. Suggestions for calipers and pads would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: Calipers and pads

    Why do you need to replace the calipers? Do you mean rotors?
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    Re: Calipers and pads

    assuming you mean rotors, acdelco pro durastop rotors and pads will do, get the part # off of acdelcos catalog and then purchase on amazon. pads and rotors for the whole car should be no more than $300 shipped to your door.

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    Re: Calipers and pads

    I was told that one of the hydraulic pistons on the caliper is not functioning causing uneven wear on the rotors.

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    Rockauto.com would be you're best bet to find the different selections. If k were you I would try to find the same oem one, probably remanufactured. I want to say that acdelco or akebono was the OEM supplier for the calipers. There should be a part # on the caliper itself. Can use gmpartsdirect or gmpartseast to get OEM parts new

    And I would only replace the one that is giving you a problem, but would do a complete fluid flush at all corners

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    Re: Calipers and pads

    Agreed that you only need to replace the caliper that has a stuck piston; a remanufactured caliper from RockAuto.com or your local parts chain should do the trick just fine.

    I also agree with checking pricing on RockAuto.com for rotors and pads. I like the Centric rotors, and I use the Centric/Stoptech Street Performance pads. Honestly, for a daily driver, just about anything should work out fine. You could go to the local parts chain and get their lifetime warranty pads and probably be perfectly happy.

    Last but not least, if you filled in your location, you might find someone near you who would be willing to help you do the brakes. It's really not very hard, and would save you a couple hundred bucks in labor.
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    Re: Calipers and pads

    My location is 18966. Why does everyone say to only replace the one that is stuck? I would just as soon replace both front calipers. Is that an issue? Thanks to all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalamarca View Post
    My location is 18966. Why does everyone say to only replace the one that is stuck? I would just as soon replace both front calipers. Is that an issue? Thanks to all.
    Because a caliper going bad at 106k miles isn't normal, I wouldn't expect another one to fail anytime soon. Replacing both won't hurt, but for 150 a caliper(with labor?), I'm not so sure you're getting OEM quality parts.

    Its an easy job, just need a buddy to bleed the brakes with you. Its you're call to replace one or both, but only one is necessary as long as you replace with the same part

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    ^ Very true. Just make sure the guide pins on side you dont replace get well lubricated. Id test the caliper to just to make sure its stuck because uneven rotors wont affect really cause the piston to seize. They could just have said it seized from heat. Only other way is a guide pin seized not allowing the caliper to slide in and out affecting only the inside pad pushing the piston to its length limit eventually pushing it completly out of the bore. Our cars are extremly easy. 2x 13mm guide pins and 2x 15mm caliper bolts.

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