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I just replaced the upper front right caliper bolt with an oversized one from napa.

The damn thing threaded in the knuckle about 75 percent then stopped at 21 ft lbs. It got a really good bite. I torqued it more than that to be sure it wouldn't come out. Also had red stuff on the threads from the factory, so I didn't add any blue lock tite. Greased pin well with ford called for silicon dielectric grease i got for free from dealership tech.

As I understand these pins do not carry braking forces, only keep the caliper aligned, right? Once brakes were pumped, bolt head disappeared into boot so I could fit cap on. Won't dry out.

Is this unsafe? Thanks

 

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USUALLY the caliper slides on the pins and the pads are held in a track
Your picture is a little to close to get a good look

I am concerned about the gap between the caliper and mounting ear
It looks like it normally would not be there
I would check the other side to see if that gap is normal
 

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Yeah, floating caliper moves on the pins as pads wear.
 

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Well as long as the thing stays in there. I sure wouldnt do this on a caliper BRACKET bolt. I know the 2nd gen foci use a bracket.

If I find out whether I have a bad wheel bearing I'll be pulling both knuckles to replace both sides and put a good spindle in at the same time.
 
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