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(Car is 2006 TL manual trans with 80k miles.)

Here's a classic example of why it pays to learn at least some basics about repair work. Sadly, what I know about this stuff could be engraved on the head of a pin.

A month ago I had a "complete" brake job, i.e. pads and rotors from a shop I've used for a long time. All was well until two weeks later (and 500+ miles from home) when I'm coming down from 4300 feet on a twisting road and the pedal almost goes to the floor. Pumping them allowed me to gain some measure of control but it wasn't fun.

Took the car in to a seemingly reliable shop (per reviews on a popular site) and they said I had a locked up caliper on the rear driver's side and they had to replace it and the pad. They said it would be 450 for one side or 650 for both. I opted both.

So, questions are 1) should the mechanics that did the original brake job have noticed and replaced the bad caliper? 2) Before I disclose what I paid for each job I'd be curious to hear what those in fairly big cities are paying for these repairs.

I feel like I should talk about the original shop but not even sure what to ask.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
 

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Locked up a caliper? Doesn't sound like that is what happened to me. More likely a brake line ruptured or the master cylinder failed. Having a 'stuck caliper' shouldn't cause you to lose hydraulic pressure in the entire system.
 
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