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  Front brake caliper removal - Posted: 05-09-2006, 05:56 PM
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I am attempting to change my front brake pads on my pick-up which should be a "no brainer" but I can't seem to get the caliper off of the disk. It appears that I need to remove one or both of the 12-point bolts to do this, but I can't be them loose. I broke a socket wrench attempting to do so (yes I know I should have been using a breaker bar or impact wrench instead).

Are these bolts left-hand thread or just really tight or both? The last thing I want to do is break one off and then have to figure out how to remove it.

Thanks!!!!
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 Posted: 05-09-2006, 06:02 PM
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they are just regular type but are probably on there very time. get a breaker bar and try to get them off. good luck
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I just did my brakes about a week ago, and I got them loose with a ratchet, it was a pretty big one however. There should be 2 big bolts 3/4 I think it was and 2 little ones.
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 Posted: 05-09-2006, 06:17 PM
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Thanks for the info. I can't find my breaker bar so I guess I will go buy another one. I got the two torx bolts out, but it if the 12 point 5/8" bolts that are causing me the problem.
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 Posted: 05-09-2006, 08:43 PM
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yep I used pb when I changed my rear shocks on sunday. WD40 was like pouring water on the bolts, didn't do a darn thing. PB got them loose, well that and a breaker bar but PB definitley helped!
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Whoa, stop where you are. The 5/8ths 12 points are for the hub, NOT for the caliper. There are 2 3/4 6 point bolts for the entire caliper, but you can remove just the pad retainer portion of the caliper by takling the slide bolts only, really simplifies things.
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Whoa, stop where you are. The 5/8ths 12 points are for the hub, NOT for the caliper. There are 2 3/4 6 point bolts for the entire caliper, but you can remove just the pad retainer portion of the caliper by takling the slide bolts only, really simplifies things.
I see the bolts you are referring to and they are 12-points bolts, but the bolts that hold the calipers are also 12-point.

Unfortunately because I was short on time and HAD to have my truck functional for tomorrow I ended up taking it in to have the brakes done. (They managed to remove those bolts somehow). I am just still in shock that I ended up having to have something so simple done at a shop.
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Oops, just noticed you have a 2500. I was telling you how to do a 1500. I suppose I should read a bit more bofore I open my big mouth....

Hopefully the shop didn't really nail you on the price though.
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