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rear brake calipers

I can't think of a way to ask this question without looking like a total idiot, so let's just get it out: Is there anything preventing you from accidentally swapping the left and right rear calipers?

I think I may have swapped them in haste, because I notice that the bleed screws are on the bottom half of the calipers, which seems wrong - I don't see how you would ever get all the air out.

The weird thing is, I asked the indy down the street (which I only trust with very simple stuff) to bleed the brakes, and they reported that they couldn't get pedal, but said nothing about the calipers being swapped. So either they are designed this way for some reason I cant imagine, or I am not the only idiot on the block. Anyone?
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It looks to me like you could reverse them. The bleed screw on my calipers are on the top.

Had I done it that way, and it wouldn't surprise me, I'd probably lie and say the indy down the street got them wrong!

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I'm trying to picture the set up in my head....would the brake line also be affected with a reverse swap?

And YES...the bleeder needs to be UP.

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Mechanically they will probably work upside down, but you will have a flex brake line with too little travel - no good.

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You would never be able to get all of the air out of them with the bleed screws at the bottom. They would work but you would always have a spongy pedal.
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indie

I only recently moved to the US (18 months ago) and I keep hearing this 'my indie' mentioned.

It sounds like this: I like to own an old car but know nothing about them. I also can't really afford my car so I found a really cheap mechanic who tells me porkies and with his cheap fixes makes everything worse. Yet I keep going back to him.

I presume indies are not Indian mechanics. I lived in many 3rd world countries and indies are endemic there. You cannot argue with them or educate them. They are stubborn, but you can avoid them like the plague. I am a bit surprised they seem to exist in the US.

Swapping the calipers, complaining they cannot bleed the brakes AND then returning the car to the customer? These are the basics of Automotive repair. Surely you did not pay him to mess up your car?

Really you should educate yourself (this forum, YouTube, etc) and work towards doing your own maintenance and repairs.
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I am not living in the US, but pretty sure "Indie" is a short for "Independent" as opposed to a certified MB shop. Correct me if I'm wrong!

Nothing wrong with a good "Indie". But they are increasingly hard to find.

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I am not living in the US, but pretty sure "Indie" is a short for "Independent" as opposed to a certified MB shop. Correct me if I'm wrong!

Nothing wrong with a good "Indie". But they are increasingly hard to find.
You are correct.
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I only recently moved to the US (18 months ago) and I keep hearing this 'my indie' mentioned.

I presume indies are not Indian mechanics. I lived in many 3rd world countries and indies are endemic there. You cannot argue with them or educate them. They are stubborn, but you can avoid them like the plague. I am a bit surprised they seem to exist in the US.
LOL...

You need to educate yourself quickly about US customs, my friend, before you really put your foot in it!
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You need to educate yourself quickly about US customs, my friend, before you really put your foot in it!
In the US and UK the "Indies" you speak of we call Dr......
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