02-25-2009, 01:10 PM
As i stated in another thread I am replacing the entire drivers side knuckle. All the bolts are loosened except for two...the main bolts holding the caliper in place. I heated them and used pb blaster as well but they wont budge. They are quite rusted and the socket slips. What are my options? Can i cut the head off? Where does that bolt thread into? Thanks for your help, much appreciated
02-25-2009, 02:48 PM
The socket shouldn't be slipping. Make sure you're using the right one because it should be metric, like most everything else on these cars. I'm not 100% but I think it is a 12 or 13 mm. Use a 1/2" drive ratchet with as big of a bar as you can fit in there, scream reallly loud, and you should scare them right off.
02-25-2009, 04:43 PM
hahaha i like your saying. Heres a pic of a stock part. I meant the socket is slipping because it started to strip. And yes the correct size was 13mm like you stated.
02-25-2009, 05:15 PM
are you replacing the caliper?
i don't think you need to remove the bracket to do rear brakes
02-25-2009, 08:59 PM
in a sense yea i'm replacing it. I need to get the caliper off so i can remove the rotor and get at the spindle
02-25-2009, 09:01 PM
I just took my front caliper (and rotor) off today..... on my 02 there are Torx screws as the pins..... is it the same with you?
02-25-2009, 10:53 PM
removing the bolts with the small dust boots on them will remove the front part of the caliper correct?
Then i'm still left with the bracket which i need to swap out anyways. The bracket is bolted through the spindle into the threads on the bracket; so cutting the head of the bolt wouldnt help would it?
You cant remove the rear rotor without taking that bracket completely off correct?
02-26-2009, 12:59 AM
well as far as I know...... the two with the dust boots came off, and I was just able to take the caliper off.....though by a bit of force.
02-26-2009, 02:41 AM
removing the front of the caliper will give you the clearance you need to remove the rotor
02-26-2009, 03:30 PM
you don't need to remove the bracket only the floating part of the caliper.
02-26-2009, 04:21 PM
ok gotya and since the bracket is connected to the spindle i'm okay (transferring spindle to new knuckle). Wow i'm glad that is cleared up. I've never done rear brakes on this car yet only the front.
I know you need a special tool when doing the brake pads on the rear caliper. Do i need any special tool since I am not messing with the pads?
02-27-2009, 01:48 PM
Special tool required..yay, nay?