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To get a new (rebuilt) caliper for the rear right side. I figured I would try Napa since I had return problems with Advance. I paid $20 more dollars than Advance, and waited 2 more days, but okay. I get the thing home and install it. It leaked. I tightened the bleed screw and made sure the hose wasn't leaking either, but it leaked out the bottom where the two halves come together.

I called the store, and the kid who answered the phone told me, "No sir, there is no possible way that could happen." I told him that yes, not only was it possible, but it was actually happening as I was looking at it. He didn't believe me. I can't begin to tell you how f*cking mad that made me.

He then told me that it couldn't leak unless I banged it, implying that I had damaged it.

So, I took pictures of it leaking, then uninstalled it and brought it back to the store. The guys who had just sold me the caliper an hour before then told me that they had never seen a caliper with pistons on either side. Gee, it must have a leak, they tell me.

It really shouldn't be that hard to fix brakes.

BTW, the driver's side rear that I got from Advance is great, no leaks.
 

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Gregs300CD said:
It really shouldn't be that hard to fix brakes.

No, it shouldn’t – that’s why I buy everything online. Not to say what you did was wrong but I just could not deal with McParts cluelessness
 

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How could anybody working in a parts store not have seen a dual piston caliper before?!?
 

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why dont you try german auto parts . i bought a relay for the turn signal for 35 bucks at indy german parts. napa carquet wanted 80 for it .auto zone ect dont even sell it. when you buy from fast food auto parts you get what you pay for some times more.
 

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I wanted to deal locally because shipping eats up any kind of core charge I paid. ($56 core charge at Napa!) Any other parts that I can get on-line, I do.
 

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Huh?

jdc1244a said:
No, it shouldn’t – that’s why I buy everything online. Not to say what you did was wrong but I just could not deal with McParts cluelessness
Not trying to start anything, I buy many parts online, but how is it better? What if ther's an issue with it?


For example I bought this front bumper strip "online". It looks like it's rotten where the license plate goes and it's new. Found it defective and it's taken me 3 weeks to get any response from the seller. I still don't have my money back. They asked, after sending them this picture, if it wasn't just the protective coating?
 

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Gregs300CD said:
I wanted to deal locally because shipping eats up any kind of core charge I paid. ($56 core charge at Napa!) Any other parts that I can get on-line, I do.
AutohausAZ has free shipping above $50...
 

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F*** NADA Clue Autoparts.

I thought I'd try to buy some HeadBolts there for an 8V VW, took them a week to get me the parts, I was soooo pissed off 'cause if I wanted to wait a week I could've ordered the parts online for less $. I mean how hard is it to get bolts for an engine that was in production for almost 20yrs???? Dealer was a no go, adv, poopboys, autozone, didn't have 'em and O'reilly's never even heard of a VW GOLF WTF? Thank doG I sold that car 'cause there's no way I could rely on a car that had absoluetly ZERO support locally for parts. The W123 isn't my sole means of transpo or I'd be up the same creek.
 

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When dealing with online parts suppliers the service providers are always very knowledgeable about MBs. They actually refer to my 500 SEL as a ‘first gen car.’
 
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