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    My 2003 C5 handbrake will not hold the car on a hill.
    Seems to be seized in the front brake caliper. I have been told that I will have to pay for new calipers
    around $1500 in parts. Is there another way?
    Keith

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    Hi Keith,
    Its been discussed before and I participated somewhat.
    Look here for ideas; 2002 C5 - Brake issues(I think)
    There has been no feedback on the outcome !! Bad AFer.
    I still have the two caliper for sale !!
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    Yup, been there done that, I had to put new calipers on the front of mine, but seriously, 1500 bucks is really taking the piss!
    Look on ebay where you can find re-manufactured units for about £40 per side. At that price, it's worth the expensive air freight!
    When you order them, they will need the 3 digit casting code, as there are 2 different sizes.
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    Hi Jaahn,
    Thanks for the response of my handbrake problem.
    Do I have to look for a casting code on my calipers to check if they are identical to the pair you have for sale?
    Just checking your price and do you have any idea what weight they would be for freight / post to the Tweed coast?
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    Whichever casting number they are, they will physically fit, but it may be necessary to change the discs and pads.
    The difference is the distance from the hub to the outer edge of the disc.
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    Ok thanks for the reply. Can I see the casting number with just removing the wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dunk View Post
    Hi Jaahn,
    Thanks for the response of my handbrake problem.
    Do I have to look for a casting code on my calipers to check if they are identical to the pair you have for sale?
    Just checking your price and do you have any idea what weight they would be for freight / post to the Tweed coast?
    Keith
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    I do not believe there are two different calipers on the cars sold here. Note smiffy1071 is in England and they have lots of different models there. However I could be wrong.
    However I will check the numbers. I will PM you about them. Check your PMs.
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    The V6 uses a larger diameter disc compared with HDi and petrol 4, which use common front brakes. I believe the calipers differ accordingly, but you can confirm in the factory parts listings. Which engine are we talking about here?

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    I don't think they differ according to model, I reckon it was more like what they had in the parts bin at the time.
    When I ordered a pair of discs, they arrived and looked identical so I fitted them and only then did I learn the difference.
    My car is a 2.0 16v hdi and uses the larger size. Yes you should be able to see casting numbers by removing the wheel, but
    You may need to wire brush the dust off.
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    Just been reading up, some cars have 283mm disc, some like mine have 288mm disc,
    and there is also a 304mm size, which I assume is for the v6 model
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    I've never checked for S2 / facelift models like yours, but do have a recollection that it did change for the HDi. I did look it up for the S1 C5 variants sold here and the V6 is 288x28mm vs 283x26mm for the others. Citroen Service usually gives dimensions as well as the part numbers. If you just choose C5 II and do not select a model variant on the main page, then it returns all the possible fiche variations listed by model.

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    Citroen c5 (+ peugeot) discs, calipers, hubs, carriers. Cheap

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    Hi David,
    Thanks for the advice. My car is a 2 lt petrol 16v estate.

    cheers Keith

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    Keith the numbers cast on are 0204yo, 1083 and 0202yo, 1084
    the numbers on a paper bar code are, 9646601580 and 9646601480. Hard to see a bit.
    Did you see my PM. Aware of PMs ?
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    Hi jaahn,

    Just removed the wheel and yes my numbers cast on are 0204Y0, 1083.

    the numbers on the paper sticker are unreadable after tried to clean dirt off.

    Keith

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    Sorry no I`m not aware of PMs

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dunk View Post
    Sorry no I`m not aware of PMs
    PM stands for private message. Go to the top of the page and click on Notifications(beside your greeting from AFs) then inbox. Should be something there. I asked you to email me direct to my email. Please do this as I will be travelling and may be only checking emails.
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    The handbrake return spring pivots need lubricating:

    French Car Forum ? View topic - c5 handbrake


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    CX owners just learn to live by selecting there parking spaces so as not to rely on the handbrake..... That way the car is generally where you left it when you return....................... Hey it works for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    ... selecting their parking spaces so as not to rely on the handbrake ...
    Well, I came to the land of wide open spaces; and here's where I finished up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clogzz View Post
    Well, I came to the land of wide open spaces; and here's where I finished up.


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    Well Australia is mostly flat....





    but hardly anybody wants to live in the flat bits .



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    Hi Clogzz,

    Thanks to your post re "handbrake pivots need lubricating" I have been able to free up my return springs and pivots
    saving me heaps of money and worry.
    I sprayed "INOX" each day over 3 days then went to work on them as described in your post.
    Didn`t take long at all to free up passenger side then drivers side a bit more effort was needed but a few taps
    backward and forward success. What a great feeling it is to have a handbrake that works after ages.

    A big thanks to all fellow Frogers for your input
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dunk View Post
    My 2003 C5 handbrake will not hold the car on a hill.
    Seems to be seized in the front brake caliper. I have been told that I will have to pay for new calipers
    around $1500 in parts. Is there another way?
    Keith

    Hi Clogzz,
    Thanks to your post re "handbrake pivots need lubricating" I have been able to free up my return springs and pivots saving me heaps of money and worry.I sprayed "INOX" each day over 3 days then went to work on them as described in your post.Didn`t take long at all to free up passenger side then drivers side a bit more effort was needed but a few taps backward and forward success. What a great feeling it is to have a handbrake that works after ages.
    A big thanks to all fellow Frogers for your input


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    Yes there is another way ! Keith I think you put the lie to a lot of Nay-Sayers on here who think the calipers can only be canned and new ones put on at some large expense Just a rusty mess or worse I think I heard !!

    However i would still recommend that you strip and clean and lube for the long run. Give'm a 12 year surprise present ! They will probably see you out then.
    Jaahn
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