I agree, no problem with rebuilding your own calipers. All that counts in the caliper is the two grooves, one for the sealing O-Ring and the other for the dust boot. That and clean up the sliding areas. It's just an knack/touch to get the square cut O-Rings in place. I hired a mechanic to rebuild the first pair I was ever involved in. One leaked. He'd cut the O-Ring in two. I bought a kit and have done my own ever since. Out of town, like I was when that one locked, I just get a rebuilt.
Now if they need PISTONS, with two per caliper, rebuilt calipers start to look attractive.
I had a Toyota apply BOTH front brakes on the road, and it turned out to be Master Cylinder. The little hole that lets the last of the pressure bleed off, when your foot's all the way off the brake, had "healed shut" with rust. It took me two dismantlings to find it. First I put in a kit, then I went back more carefully and found a spot that turned out to be the plugged hole.
God Bless, jd
2003 Jayco Escapade 31A on 2002 Ford E450 V10 4R100
Go to a Michelin dealer (like Discount Tire) have them inspected and have the dealer contact Michelin. Michelin have been very good about replacing tires or pro-rating towards another set. Lots of folks in a View/Navion group I am a member of have been doing it. You should be able to get made right.
Actually, I never had good luck with Michelin but did have too much bad luck. However, I did put Michelin on my '03 Odyssey and they've been good so far. It's just that the LTX tires seem to get those sidewall cracks, even the MS2 from what I read. The Cooper tires on my Silhouette Van were made in '05 and except for the thread wear they look brand new and I would drive the van anywhere. Considering the unbelievable amount of thread on my old Michelin LTX tires (13/32), I would have chanced a free set of 6 tires but that would never happen so it was a toss up between Firestone Transforce, Hankook Dynapro or even Cooper. Hankook won.
BTW, when I had the new Hankooks put on at Discount Tire I told them I want to keep the old tires. Half way home I remembered that I didn't take the old tires so I had to go back. When I arrived the Ass't Mgr and the 2 lads who did the installation were huddled over the Michelins but nobody said anything about what I should have done. Probably because 5 were made in early '06 and one sometime in '05.
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Just got 6 "new" Michelin LTX M/S tires from dealer and found out although they are all the same size, the rear tires have a different design than the ones in front? Waiting for a reply from Michelin corporate before I go back to the dealer. I told the dealer at the time I wanted all tires to be the latest DOT dates... we'll see...also one tire looked like it had mud on it, but for some reason cannot be cleaned off. Coincidence?
Jeff & Judy
Kaila Tikiani: Border Collie/Husky;
Coco Diablo, LH Dachsund/Golden Retriever
2006 Winnie Outlook 29B, 2006 Saturn Vue
I need a set of 6 tires for my 2004 Jayco 26ss..it still has the original tires on it!! 18000 miles bought the rig 2 yrs ago from a widow, and they are severly sidewall cracked...Here's what I found around here,all 6 installed OTD..225/75R-16 E rated..Dunlop Rover $984..Cooper $1010..General $1120..BF Goodrich $1177..Michelin ltx $1400.... 5 differant tires at 3 dif dealers..any thought or suggestions? I'm in Oswego,IL