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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:29 pm 
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Hi, I was changing the rear discs/pads, all was well until one of the anti rattle springs snapped flush with the caliper. I've tried copious amounts of penetrating oil, loctite freeze/release, blowtorch, can't shift the broken stubs. Is a missing spring an MOT failure?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:55 pm 
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GOOD NEWS
The hole which the spring is stuck, goes though to the other side
which is then easy to knock out with a punch.

BAD NEWS
The rear caliper is a bugger to get off (well it was for me)

Re the mot i don't know but its only a rattle/sound issue then it should pass?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:08 pm 
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A broken spring is a fail. Getting the caliper off shouldn't be tricky if it's just been apart.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:50 pm 
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Thanks for the update, so I'll need to fix it then or it'll fail the MOT. I've got the caliper disconnected from the carrier but not from the brake line or handbrake cable and the handbrake cable looks well rusted on. I tried punching it out insitu but reckon it'll need to come entirely off so I can smack it a lot harder. I'm a bit nervous about the handbrake cable, and replacing it turning into another job.

I did find on a Renault forum someone had fixed it by just drilling a new hole right behind the old one and leaving the fused remains of the old spring in place, thoughts on this? The Laguna brake caliper looks identical to the Saab.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 10:11 am 
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If you happen to have a mig welder, you may be able to build up the remaing stub a little & remove with a pair of grips.
It's worked for me a couple of times. Being an aluminium alloy caliper, the weld won't stick to the body. The only issue is getting an earth.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:16 pm 
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Well, funnily enough I've just bought myself a MIG welder, unfortunately I haven't taught myself how to use it yet. Just been out for an hour, completely failed to get the handbrake cable off the caliper, rusted solid. This is going so well.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:40 pm 
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Remember that one......
the handbrake alloy "welds" to the caliper, i had to cut the caliper in the end,
i was renewing any way.
Probably plenty of lube before hand might of helped,
but mine was stuck solid.
I hope you have more luck than me.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:03 pm 
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Eventually had to cut the caliper, no way that was cable was coming off , rusted on solid. I got an aftermarket caller for reasonable money. It's not fitted yet but I put the slider pins in, mega tight compared to the old one. The rubber is really gripping. In the old caliper I could move them back and forth with very light figure pressure. Should I be concerned?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:29 am 
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New calipers are cheap on 9-3s, but in future you can easily remove handbrake cable by drifting out with punch from other side of its bracket. Only habit and a bit of corrosion holding it in.


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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2021 5:30 pm 
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Just a thanks for all the responses I got on this, I've now got a fresh MOT. The car failed initially but not on the brakes. Major exhaust gas leak from the front part of the exhaust before the flexible pipe. I saw the pipe, is was rotten.


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stratfordaero wrote:
New calipers are cheap on 9-3s, but in future you can easily remove handbrake cable by drifting out with punch from other side of its bracket. Only habit and a bit of corrosion holding it in.


Easily?! I've had to cut them out too in the past, having tried absolutely everything else, for hours. I feel the OP's pain even if you don't :)

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