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I was getting off the freeway last night and as usual I began to apply pressure to the brakes. Once I saw that traffic was at a dead stop not too far in front of me I applied a little more pressure then "Snap!" It sounded like my freakin alxe broke in half.. At the same time my brake pedal turned into jello..
I was approaching the rear of a brand new 740 fast. I checked my passenger rear view and turned my head quickly to see if the lane next to me was open, luckily it was and I swerved into the open lane then pulled the E brake.. I came to a complete stop almost directly at the stopping line of the intersection..
Once at a stop I let go of the E brake and tested the brakes again.. I could tell that my front brakes were out but the back ones worked only when the pedal was pushed in real far..
Luckily I got home safely.

This morning I took the front wheels off and found that half of my left front caliper (the part that holds the pad) was gone! My brake fluid was empty and fluid was all over the inside of the tire and the camber arms..

I called my friend who is a mechanic and he recommended that I change both calipers with new pads of course..

I was quoted 75 for each for rebuilt type 2 calipers.. Is this a decent price?

Also, Is there anything else I should do/worry about? while doing this??

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$75 is not a bad price, I paid $120 CDN each for rebuilt ones. Acura sells rebuilt ones also for $789 CDN :mad:

Probably a good idea to change the cable as well.

Q: Who last worked on your brakes for that part to fall off ? They just don't fall off, 2 12mm bolts have to be removed.:confused:
 

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$75 is not a bad price, I paid $120 CDN each for rebuilt ones. Acura sells rebuilt ones also for $789 CDN :mad:

Probably a good idea to change the cable as well.

Q: Who last worked on your brakes for that part to fall off ? They just don't fall off, 2 12mm bolts have to be removed.:confused:
I had my mechanic change the brake pads over 8 months ago.
everything was fine and it was done right. I have checked them several times since then when I changed the ABS Sensor myself, and when I painted the caliper over 6 month ago..

the bolts are still there, just the part that actually holds the pad is gone, its weird.. What im gonna do is take a picture of it tonight and post it tomorrow
 

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I ment to say "hose" not "cable" in my first post.

****, you must do some heavy braking!!!
Never heard of anything like that.

You should make sure that the rotor is not damaged also.
 

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Thats the thing that is driving me crazy.. I drive like a grandma in my legend.. I want it to last forever.
I can't explain why it happened, Im thinking maybe it was too hot and collapsed?? I doubt it but thats the only explanation my mechanic could give me.. Certain parts of the Caliper were a bit rusty so that may have helped it a bit.
 
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That is just scary..... I'm glad to hear that everything turned out all right for you and your legend because that could have been disastrous.
 

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I think somebody must have sabotage you. I mean, come on, the caliper is a big piece chunk of metal. I don't think it just breaks like that. It just don't make any sense. Anyway, please post the pictures, I really want to see how is it. And thank God you're OK.
 

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When you mean gone, do you mean it fell off or snapped off? I am also assuming you lost brake fluid because the pistons came too far out of the cylinder after the bracket was lost. It sounds like you need a new caliper bracket with slide pins. The caliper doesn't come with the bracket (in my neck of the woods at Autozone). You would have to order it separately. The caliper portion may be reusable if you have all the pistons, boots, etc. Also, check your brake line, since it probably got stressed when your caliper was dangling by it, and your CV boot to make sure it didn't get torn. STRANGE!!!!!!
 

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This I have to see... So you are saying the guide pins are still in place and the cast pad holders are now missing?
You don't have any enemies, do you? Because I saw this episode of the Rockford Files...:rolleyes:
Enemies?, nah.. Rockford Files?, never heard..
I just dropped off my car at my mechanic and it is being fixed as I type. I told him to save the broken one for me.

CWA-94GS - Yes , as stated in my first post I lost all brake fluid. My cv joints are ok though but I am letting him do the job and check over the entire car as well..

Alexander - Sabotage?, I really doubt that. I keep my car in a locked garage at night and at work It is recorded on a video camera outside of my office and the monitor sits on my desk so I can keep an eye on it all day.
 

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Update.

I Just picked up my car from the mechanic, it is running fine and its nice to have some new looking calipers.

When the rebuilt calipers came in, my mechanic had to trade the broken/old ones for the rebuilt ones so I didn't get a chance for a photo opp.

As for what happend, here is my best explanation.
As you may know, a 93 ls coupe has two piston calipers in the front. For a poor example, consider these 0's ( 0 0 ) as each being a piston. The inside casing of the right piston somehow broke out, causing the pad to break away..

How it happened, I don't know. Im just glad im back with my Legend
 

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That must have been some scary sh!t. I'm just glad that you were ok and that you made it home safe and sound to be able to find out what happened. Its just really weird that something like that could happen.
 
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