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torn boot around caliper piston...

So, I was replacing my front disc brakes this morning and noticed a tear in the boot surrounding the caliper piston. I'd like some input as to whether or not I need to replace the caliper. From what I can tell, there's nothing leaking out, and the inner part of the boot is still solid around the piston (see pics). Do I need to be concerned about this?

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you might want to get a rebuilt caliper soon. If dust and dirt get in their it might siege the piston. Just do it right the first time so you won't have to worry about it in the long run.


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So, I was replacing my front disc brakes this morning and noticed a tear in the boot surrounding the caliper piston. I'd like some input as to whether or not I need to replace the caliper. From what I can tell, there's nothing leaking out, and the inner part of the boot is still solid around the piston (see pics). Do I need to be concerned about this?

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Yes, you should be very concerned about this. The boot should be replaced ASAP. A rip in the boot will allow moisture and dirt in there and will promote rust. The piston can even seize. Get a new boot at the dealer or get a rebuild kit for the caliper. Don't wait!


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you might want to get a rebuilt caliper soon. If dust and dirt get in their it might siege the piston. Just do it right the first time so you won't have to worry about it in the long run.
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Yes, you should be very concerned about this. The boot should be replaced ASAP. A rip in the boot will allow moisture and dirt in there and will promote rust. The piston can even seize. Get a new boot at the dealer or get a rebuild kit for the caliper. Don't wait!

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Tear in caliper piston boot - rebuild kit or buy a rebuilt caliper

So, which is the safest route to go. Buy a rebuilt caliper, or go with a rebuild kit for the caliper. Should I go ahead and do both sides while I'm at it (the other side looks
OK, but my thinking is if one side has failed, it won't be long for the other side).

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So, which is the safest route to go. Buy a rebuilt caliper, or go with a rebuild kit for the caliper. Should I go ahead and do both sides while I'm at it (the other side looks
OK, but my thinking is if one side has failed, it won't be long for the other side).

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I would replace both calipers not go with a kit.
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If I go with replacing the entire caliper, do you recommend I go OEM (i.e. from a Honda dealer), or is it safe to buy from Autozone (or similar automotive places)?

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i went to autozone and got front calipers there, they are working fine after about 4k miles, i must say though the one on the right gave me a hard time and didnt match the appearance of the oem one i took off but its still on there no problems at all - im using cheapo rotors with wagner brake pads all around .
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got my rebuilt from autozone. They use nissin oem calipers, but I would paint them over because during the refurbishing procedure they grind down the anti rust layer

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I just replaced my rear calipers. I got semi-loaded calipers from Autozone, they don't/didn't sell fully-loaded ones; no biggie though. One of the calipers was a refurb nissin and the other one was some off-brand caliper; I didn't notice the difference until I got home. I would've exchanged the off-brand but I didn't want to waste another hour of my day going back to the store.

If I were you, check the calipers before you leave the store and make sure they are refurb nissins. I had trouble installing the anti-rattle spring on the off-brand because of some casting blemish. Yea, I could've ground down the extra metal, but I had already painted and baked the caliper. One thing to note though, you do have to reuse the support bracket part of your old caliper. I've driven less than 100 miles on these new(er) rear calipers and they work just like OEM.

I say the refurb ones from Autozone are fine and far cheaper than spending the extra $$$ on new OEM calipers from Honda.

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Thanks for all the input from everyone. Sounds like after-market would be a good choice. I'll call the Honda dealer just to see how much more they are, then make a decision. Doesn't seem
to be too bad a job. The worst part will be bleeding the brakes. I'm looking into purchasing a Mityvac to do it myself.

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I replaced all 4 calipers on my car. Fronts were $70 each for Honda remanufactured parts ordered from an online Honda store. Rears were $110 each. Install yourself since it is very easy. I also replaced brake pads and rotors, also brake fluid.

I thought about aftermarket parts but there was hardly a price difference between Honda calipers and others so I didn't see any reason to get aftermarket.
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