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Old 09-08-2011, 09:56 PM
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Re: Brake caliper slide pins

If your dead set on doing it then go for it.... It will make sense when you take the wheels off and on a scale of 1-10, is about a 1. You'll be fine. The easiest way to do it is to do one bolt at a time. The caliper will rotate slightly and then the pin (the one you removed the bolt from) will just pull right out. The boot stays put so the pin pulls out of the rubber boot.

On another note, I'm at 50k and my calipers rattle. I pulled and greased the pins and it worked golden for about a week, now the rattle is back. The pins didn't "appear" worn but they did have rub marks on them (the grease inside was fine and plentiful though). Replacement pins are $5 ea so I think instead of greasing pins, I'm going to replace the $20 worth of pins when I do my brakes.
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Re: Brake caliper slide pins

The caliper has to be removed from the bracket, but the hose stays connected to it. It's pretty easy to do.

I just did the brakes on my WK and the driver side lower caliper pin was totally devoid of lube. Lots of rust, possibly enough to be a problem for the bracket. That and the caliper pistons on that side ARE CRACKING from rust too.

But doing the pins is easy, raise the vehicle to remove the wheel. Unbolt the two 13mm caliper bolts. Those thread into the pins. Lift the caliper away from the rotor and hang it up. A coat hanger bent into a hook and hung from the upper control arm works nicely for this. Then slide the pins out of the bracket. They should come out relatively easily. One of mine didn't, it was stuck fast in the rusty remains of what little lube was in there. I had to seriously scour it off (brake cleaner and then sandpaper). I coated the pins with high temp brake lube and reinstalled them. Once the pins are lubed and reinstalled you can put the caliper and wheel back on. It's a job you can certainly do in well under an hour.

I will probably replace the caliper and bracket as I'm not entirely sure the inside surface for the pin is smooth enough to let it operate properly. That and the pistons are cracking.
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Re: Brake caliper slide pins

i just replaced a caliper, they are really cheap from advance auto. the one i bought even said jeep on it.
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