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    Changeing brakes

    any helpful hints when changeing brakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by izzhemp View Post
    any helpful hints when changeing brakes?
    Be sure to lubricate the caliper pins.. Or they may seize up and destroy your new pads and rotors.. I use high temp grease..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Be sure to lubricate the caliper pins.. Or they may seize up and destroy your new pads and rotors.. I use high temp grease..
    +1 but be sure to use a silicone or otherwise not petroleum based lube, oil based lubes will breakdown the rubber guide boot and allow water in worsening your problem of seized pins.

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    be prepared if you cant get the pins OUT

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    This is true, when I changed mine, right after I bought the car (used with 40k) i had to torch them out on one side, and the other I had to buy a new Caliper bracket, which should be available from your parts store for about $20 on order. That's definitely a sticking point for not stradning yourself if you dont have another ride though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by izzhemp View Post
    any helpful hints when changeing brakes?
    DON'T forget to pump up the brakes before you go out for a test drive. Otherwise you will crash your car. Ask me how I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    DON'T forget to pump up the brakes before you go out for a test drive. Otherwise you will crash your car. Ask me how I know.

    Very good advice. Is this from back in your younger days?

    More tips for the OP: When you unbolt the caliper pins, you will need a 12mm wrench to hold the sleeves. There are two flat spots on the sleeve and you may need to turn the pins a bit to get your wrench on them. Also, do not let your calipers hang from the hoses. Cut a section out of a wire coat hanger and use it to hang the caliper from your spring, or some other point, to keep pressure off the hose.

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    Why remove the pins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    Why remove the pins?

    Only way to clean and re-lube them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Only way to clean and re-lube them.
    This.. If not the pin/s can hang or seize and a whole new set problems will arise.. Ask me how I know.. ugh

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    Same. Our car had a seized pin on the front when we bought it. Had to get out the "heat wrench" to free it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Same. Our car had a seized pin on the front when we bought it. Had to get out the "heat wrench" to free it up.
    Ours managed to wipe out the rotors and broke the pads..

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Very good advice. Is this from back in your younger days?

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    wow thanks lots of info i didnt, i didnt lube the pins last time i did my pads which was in october, so would they need replaced this time? and other than awful squeaking and the pads seeming to wear a little faster than normal i dont think it did any major damage, and im usein the grease that my pads came with its hawk grease or somethin like that i got hawk pads

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    Use all the above.

    PB blaster to help remove bolts.

    Brake de-squeek on back of pads to redue noise.

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    Unless the pins are really frogged up, you should be able to re-use them. I had to run mine on a wire wheel to clean them. Synthetic caliper grease is your best bet.

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    I still think you can clean them without removing them.
    I always have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    I still think you can clean them without removing them.
    I always have.

    The pins slide into cavities on the caliper bracket that are sealed on the bottom. There are rubber dust/moisture boots at the top of each pin. We must be talking about two different things.

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    Yeah.
    The boots will just pop on and off exposing the pins.

    I might just be lazy.

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