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Old 02-25-2009, 12:10 PM   #1
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Removing rear caliper help

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


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Old 02-25-2009, 01:48 PM   #2
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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.
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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.

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are you replacing the caliper?

i don't think you need to remove the bracket to do rear brakes
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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
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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?
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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?
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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.
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removing the front of the caliper will give you the clearance you need to remove the rotor
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you don't need to remove the bracket only the floating part of the caliper.
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