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problem getting caliper loose to change pads

This is a discussion on problem getting caliper loose to change pads within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I have turned them bolts and turned them cant get them out to change pads on the rear. Its been ...

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    problem getting caliper loose to change pads

    I have turned them bolts and turned them cant get them out to change pads on the rear. Its been a few years since I changed pads on a car forgot what to do . Any suggestions ?



    I had the right bolts. You just have to put a wrench in the middle of the bolt where it has 2 flat spots to keep it from turning
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    Do you have the right bolts. The calapier pads are the ones close together, next to the axle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitchlock View Post
    Do you have the right bolts. The calapier pads are the ones close together, next to the axle.

    thats what I trying to figure out ? I thought I just loosen the bolt on the bottom and turn the caliper up. do I take it completly off ?


    is it the caliper guide bolts ?

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    If the bolts keep turning and turning then you are trying to unbolt the guide bolts. The bolts you need to be taking off are the ones that keep the calipers bolted onto the axle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 96z28 View Post
    If the bolts keep turning and turning then you are trying to unbolt the guide bolts. The bolts you need to be taking off are the ones that keep the calipers bolted onto the axle.


    ok thats the ones i turning......do i need the caliper guide bolts loose or do i keep them tight ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JesusFan View Post
    ok thats the ones i turning......do i need the caliper guide bolts loose or do i keep them tight ?
    I dont remember if the guide bolts can even be tightened. I did the same mistake a while back and i tried to tighten. I would turn them a couple of times see if it gets tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 96z28 View Post
    I dont remember if the guide bolts can even be tightened. I did the same mistake a while back and i tried to tighten. I would turn them a couple of times see if it gets tight.

    yes they were tight when I started.......does the caliper have to be completly removed to get the pads out ?

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    you might be able to unbolt just one of the bolts and loosen the second and just slide the caliper out enough to change the pads. Ive never done it that way, i just take both bolts off and work from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 96z28 View Post
    you might be able to unbolt just one of the bolts and loosen the second and just slide the caliper out enough to change the pads. Ive never done it that way, i just take both bolts off and work from there.
    ok thanks

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    Yes it is posable to remove the guide bolts. After the calapier is removed you most hold the bolt on the inside of the calipier and turn the outside bolt. Only need to do this if you are doing a calipier rebuild. Sounds like you are just changing pads so no need to mess with these bolts. I also take off both bolts to do the pads. Just remember dont hang the calipier by the break line. Could damage the line. Have a box near by to rest it on. Or ballance it on top of the axle.

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    I got it done. After the first wheel the other 3 were a breeze. Kinda nice to have good brakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by JesusFan View Post
    yes they were tight when I started.......does the caliper have to be completly removed to get the pads out ?
    The guide pins shouldn't be tight...they were probably in the process of seizing when you pulled them out. Remove all the old grease from the pins and caliper brackets then relube them with a synthetic grease. Use sandpaper if the old grease is cooked on..

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