will my car work properly if i remove 1 of the front brake calipers?

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Asked by Mar 06, 2015 at 09:32 AM about the 2009 Kia Spectra EX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i went to replace my brake pads andthe caliper on my driver side seized and will no longer compress i need to know if the car wil operate properly  without one of the front caipers

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13,740

no, replace both calipers.

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i just need to be able to get to work tonight will it work for 30 miles tops

9,165

yes if you have not replaced the pads the caliper will compress and it will grind the pad al lot it is fine to change one caliper if it is bled right afterward

15

i just need to know if i take my driver side caliper off if i can drive it to work

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9,165

you cannot just take a brake caliper off with nothing to put back in its place that's stupid it would leak fluid all over the place your brake system runs on a vacuum if you break that then your brakes will not work

9,165

it is better to run on one with a sealed system the one with a broken vaccum system

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15

well obviously there'd be no pressure until i plugged/ stopped up the line

9,165

still it is better to run on one with a sealed system the one with a broken vaccum system

15

will it work? for short term driving of 45 mins tops split in half

9,165

does it not compress or not come back in it is ok just be aware that you might have to replace everything on that side pads caliper and rotor

9,165

just leave it on with the pads not off

15

caliper doesnt compress. the piston doesnt move at on the driver side. even if i appy brakes the driver side doesnt work. i just need to know if i can plug up my driver side brake line and remove the caliper so i can make it 2 work

15

caliper came off and tightened up i cant put itback on

293,335

As Bob said, YOU CAN NOT DRIVE the car without the caliper installed. So you will need to put a new caliper on before you drive the car. Find a ride from a friend in the meantime or have the car towed to your nearest garage.

13,740

The reason I said to replace both calipers, is that I live in a snowy climate and the road department uses a lot of salt/chemicals on our roads and it causes a lot of brake problems. I was speaking to a possible larger problem. It would still do to inspect the pads on the other side to make sure they are wearing evenly. So, yes you can replace just one side but make sure and give the other side a good inspection. Mike.

25,655

Sure, you can drive with only one caliper- ON A MAGIC CAR IN AN ALTERNATE UNIVERSE SOMEWHERE-

That is just insane, crumbob -- and don't you know how to punctuate? It is unclear exactly what any of your answers are. In short, it is not recommended that he remove the caliper -- even if he is able to do so, so long as he's able to close/plug that particular brake line -- but yes, he CAN; it will not cause damage to that rotor -- that is nonsense.

I agree with Jared n Houston you actually can run it without caliper and rotor as long as you clamp/seal or cap off the break like going to the side without the rotors/caliper

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