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This is a discussion on brake caliper boots within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Hi guys while I replaced my hubs i noticed that my front caliper boots around the pistons are torn. Is ...

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    Hi guys while I replaced my hubs i noticed that my front caliper boots around the pistons are torn. Is this something i should replace? Is it critical to put new ones in? I use ceramic pads so i don't have alot of dust. But im not sure about water and the elements. thanks.

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    Should be replaced imo. Dirt, road grime and moisture will eventually work its way in there and cause problems. You can sometimes fake a repair with Permatex Black Silicone if it is just a small tear.

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    i dont think I can fake it. is a pretty big chunk that came off. I will order them and replce them. Thanks.

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    yeah, replace them. It will let dirt and water in there and freeze those up at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    yeah, replace them. It will let dirt and water in there and freeze those up at some point.
    ok thanks. I will.

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    i was looking at the boots today. Do i need to remove the piston to get the boot off? or Can i just pry them out? thanks.

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    I don't think you have to pull the piston out, but I could be wrong. I have never dealt with torn piston boots before. I think they just pull out with a pick tool. I know most shops would suggest remanufactured calipers. Your choice though.

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