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FYI.....caliper pins

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    FYI.....caliper pins

    I was messing with my brakes the other day and decided to check the pins.......pulled the fronts and ....W T F!!!!........the grease was crap and one pin was on its way to being frozen......and I had just did them about a yr ago ... got some new pins and the rubber boots that covers the pin.....regrease the fronts and back and put in new pins .......guess pin regreasing is a yearly maintenance task

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjsingle1 View Post
    I was messing with my brakes the other day and decided to check the pins.......pulled the fronts and ....W T F!!!!........the grease was crap and one pin was on its way to being frozen......and I had just did them about a yr ago ... got some new pins and the rubber boots that covers the pin.....regrease the fronts and back and put in new pins .......guess pin regreasing is a yearly maintenance task
    This a a common problem with slide pin calipers.

    The main issue is the type of grease you use and the condition of the slide pin boots.

    The only acceptable grease to use is silicone based high temp brake grease. In its cheapest form, it can be found at Napa under the name Sil-Gluide, which is just basic silicone grease that will not withstand high temps.

    What type of grease are you using??

    The product that I use on my own car and other high performance cars is Permatex Extreme Ceramic Brake Lubricant. Its extremely tacky and will not melt or wash off. Its good for below freezing up to 3,000 degrees F, so its perfect for high performance brake systems and vehicles that see track use.

    Here is what it looks like:



    You can buy it from most auto parts stores for $2 for a small packet or about $15 for the jar with brush.

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    i used the permatex syn grease....the green stuff....i almost got that ceramic stuff.......i used 1 1/2 packets of grease in the package

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjsingle1 View Post
    i used the permatex syn grease....the green stuff....i almost got that ceramic stuff.......i used 1 1/2 packets of grease in the package
    I used to use the green package before I was able to get the purple ceramic lube.

    The green lube is fine for most vehicles, but it won't stand up as well to the rigors of a high performance car. Thats why I use the purple on anything with high performance brakes.

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    Green stuff here. The car had a seized pin when we bought it and I had to get out the fire wrench to remove it.

    Moral of the story: Always check the pins at least once a year on our cars if they are driven on a regular basis. The garage queens can probably get by with longer service intervals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    The garage queens can probably get by with longer service intervals.
    What if I don't drive her often but yet have no garage.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMdef9 View Post
    What if I don't drive her often but yet have no garage.....
    I think that will make you a curbside queen or driveway queen... lol

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    Bad things happen when the pins dry out or moisture gets past the rubber boot. Just setting outside the calipers would stay fairly protected and dry on the backside for the most part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    I think that will make you a curbside queen or driveway queen... lol
    Touché. Driveway queen it is!

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