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My 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix is currently with a GM mechanic.

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JA: Hello. How can we help?
Customer: My 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix is currently with a GM mechanic for inspections. They are stating that I will need to have both rear calipers replaced (I just replaced them 10/1/2014) as well as right rear ball bearing and right line of emergency break. I only have 58,448 miles on the car. Should you have to replace the rear calipers every 2 years?
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I will not be able to fix this myself. How to I know if it really needs replaced again.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: I've only put on 8,644 miles since the calipers were replaced.
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Pontiac
Expert:  Ron Z. replied 3 months ago.

With only 8,644 on new calipers, there should be no reason to replace them at this time. Calipers are designed to last much longer that 8,000 miles. The only way these would need replacing for inspection purposes, is if they are leaking or not releasing. If leaking, you'd notice it on the ground. If they weren't releasing you'd feel it when you drive.

As for the bearings- if these were worn and needed replacement, you'd hear a "hum" noise while driving that got louder and/or changed pitch that directly related to speed. The faster you go ,the louder the noise.

As for the emergency break cable- if this cable is rusted or seized and is not activating the emergency brake on the right side, this would be cause for replacement due to inspection requirements.

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Expert:  Ron Z. replied 3 months ago.

Hi! I noticed this thread was still open and unrated, so I wanted to check in and see if there was anything else I could do for you on this issue? Any other questions you had?

Expert:  Ron Z. replied 3 months ago.

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