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Old 06-21-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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Caliper question

If you have been following my thread in the Convertible section, you would have seen what I have been dealing with since April. During the last service visit, the dealership detailed my car (I forgot to tell them not too), and when I started to wash it yesterday, I noticed that my calipers did not look right (see pics). Is this something that I need to bring to their attention?




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Old 06-21-2013, 07:18 AM   #2
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looks like they acid washed your wheels eating the paint from the calipers
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:25 AM   #3
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looks like they acid washed your wheels eating the paint from the calipers
Is this something I need to call the dealer about, or am I just stuck with ugly looking calipers now?
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:42 AM   #4
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I would inform them that you are unhappy their acid removed the paint from your calipers. There is no sense in doing acid washing wheels in this day and time. See how the bolt is rusted on the skate. I would look under there for other damage as well albeit possibly just cosmetic they should have known better. I would ask they replace or repaint the caliper as most people consider this part of the appearance of the car.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:53 AM   #5
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Thanks. I will give them a call then.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:04 AM   #6
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Thanks. I will give them a call then.
That should not happen , They should replace those .
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:58 AM   #7
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I spoke to the dealership, and I was told that all they use is soap and water, and I need to bring the car there for them to see.
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must be some hard water Soap and water did not do that
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:24 PM   #9
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That was done with wheel cleaner that was too harsh and not meant for powder coated and painted surfaces.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:29 PM   #10
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I've seen a lot of cars like that. I'm sure it's a cleaner that caused it.
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:15 PM   #11
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Is this something I need to call the dealer about, or am I just stuck with ugly looking calipers now?
I'd call 'em right now and tell them I want new calipers and wheels. Those look like shit, and if you are sure they did it... start chewin' some ass NOW.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:48 PM   #12
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I'd call 'em right now and tell them I want new calipers and wheels. Those look like shit, and if you are sure they did it... start chewin' some ass NOW.
I use Mother's Car Wash and a hand mitt to wash the wheels. I will put tire shine on when done, but that is added to a sponge and then wiped on the tires. I would never use anything harsher than that on the car.

The wheels are fine. I need to get a couple edges redone from the prior owner, but there is nothing wrong with them (other than I need to clean them at the moment).


I went to the dealership during my lunch. I spoke to the service writer that I prefer to work with, and she said that the service manager would have to make the call on this. She was not sure how that could have happened. The service manager took the car to the back to pull the wheels and get a good look at all 4 calipers. During this time, I walked the entire lot and inspected every SS Camaro I could find. Only 1 had the same damage, and the whole car looked like $***. (I also noticed that the ZL1 and Synergy calipers have a type of clear coat on the calipers that the standard SS does not).

After I got back to the front of the building, the service manager pulled me in to the shop. We went over all 4 corners of the car, and he agreed that some type of chemical was used on the car. He also agreed to replace all 4 calipers. The parts were ordered today and should be in next week.
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:55 PM   #13
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Wow - congrats on the straight up service! Since your getting new ones you might could see if you could take the old ones to get painted - a nice bold red or blue would look sweet
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I'd call 'em right now and tell them I want new calipers and wheels. Those look like shit, and if you are sure they did it... start chewin' some ass NOW.
You can go ahead and give me those calipers. I would gladly take them, or buy them!
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:24 PM   #15
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Glad they worked it out for you.
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Congrats on the resolution - I bet the wash bay guys have something in the trash as soon as the inspection on your car was done.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:19 PM   #17
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No idea.

I am sure since the dealership is replacing them, I will never see the old ones again.
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Surprised to see a dealer replace something that's not their fault as it's sadly normal on these cars.

I use nothing but soap and water and hand wash my wheels. I never used any kind of cleaners and my calipers look worse than that. If you read the detail section of the forums you'll see that this is a common issue even for those that strictly hand wash their wheels. Give it a year and your new ones will look just like that too.
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:53 PM   #19
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You can go ahead and give me those calipers. I would gladly take them, or buy them!
No doubt about that! A working caliper is a good one. Nothing a good painting wont fix. Dont like the dull silver look anyhoo.
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Man...you should've asked if he could've got you the 1LE calipers and you pay the difference. Shouldn't be all that much. The red calipers look a heck of a lot better.

Actually, you might still give it a try. Go take a look at the 1LE calipers and then call them on Monday. Tell him you would really like to upgrade to the 1LE for the hassle. Offer to pay the difference in price if he says anything.
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