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Old 10-26-2011, 06:50 AM
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freeing up stuck caliper slide pins

i did the brakes on my front axle the other day and i found a few of the caliper slide pins are froze up im sure people have run into this before - i tried light heat - all i had was propane torch- i tried penitrating oil and vibrating with air hammer that didnt work either so being out of time i put it all back together but i know the pads wont wear correctly so i will need to pull it back apart

also i will be doing rear brakes on it soon is there any tips for dealing with the park brake shoes etc ?? i havent done disk with drum park brakes before - also if it is important it is early 99

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go buy new brackets and slide pins from an autoparts store they are not that expensive.


Advanced Auto, new brackets all the way around $50
new slide pins $16 per axle
slide pin boots $13 per axle

I spent hours fighting with one bracket/slide pin and lost. cheaper to replace those parts than to replace pads and rotors when they wear out, not to mention how much of a fuel hit you will take from dragging a brake pad.

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that was my other thought just kinda figured theyd be a little pricey
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I just did mine recently, only 1 on the whole truck was seized but wow...
I tried with oil and propane heat, no dice. I had to break out the oxy acetylene torch and heat it to a dull cherry, then it SQUEAKED it's way out. I cleaned out the bore with steel wool on a drill bit and replaced the pins. No pull on the wheel when I jam on the brakes, nice and free floating.
I wish I would have known they were so cheap new... If I didn't have the oxy acetylene torch, I would most def go buy the brackets.

Enjoy!

Scott
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I did one where the pin was SO stuck. NOTHING worked. It was a Sunday night and all I had was an extra pin, not an extra braket. I drilled a hole on the back side of the bracket and pushed the pin out that way.

That was the only solution.
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I just did mine recently, only 1 on the whole truck was seized but wow...
I tried with oil and propane heat, no dice. I had to break out the oxy acetylene torch and heat it to a dull cherry, then it SQUEAKED it's way out. I cleaned out the bore with steel wool on a drill bit and replaced the pins. No pull on the wheel when I jam on the brakes, nice and free floating.
I wish I would have known they were so cheap new... If I didn't have the oxy acetylene torch, I would most def go buy the brackets.

Enjoy!

Scott
I used the same type of torch and it worked like a charm. When I asked at the auto parts store they said they did not sell just the bracket and I wasn't about to replace the caliper for nothing. I checked advanced, napa and carquest for the bracket.
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pb blaster and heat works wonders
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Depends how stuck. Some cases blaster and heat will not work. The 03 I did I had it red hot blaster smoking in a vice with a pipe wrench. Nothing!


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