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#1 Old 11-11-2004, 02:35 AM
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Help with reomving from caliper bolts

I am trying to change the the front brake pads, putting ceramics on, on my 1998 Durango and seem to be running into a problem. What is the caliper bolt head shape? Is it a hex? or is it a Star? Also what size is it?, as I got the wheel off, after rotating my tires and then tried using a 1/4 hex allen wrench and it was lose and started to spin, so instead of completly ruining it I decided to put the tire back on and write for help.

So help, please?

Also how hard is it to change the rear drum brake pads?

anyways, thanks,

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OK, tell me if this is right or not, is it a 7mm hex allen wrench?

Also what would I use to remove them if I accidentally stripped them out? Haven't yet, but just in case would like to know.

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I believe it is 7mm but I haven't done brakes yet so I'm no help there.

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If they're starting to round out, after you get them out, I would highly recommend changing them out to aftermarket ones from Advance or Autozone. They are normal bolt heads you can take off with a socket.

7mm is the correct size I believe.

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Some are allen and others are torx. 7mm allen or T-45 torx. The torx bits will comme off with the correct size allen. It's a good time to get a full set of metric and standard size allen wrenches.

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Thanks for info.

I after getting the wheel off the other day I tried using a 1/4 size allen and it started to spin in the bolt, so I put the tire back on. Went to Sears to buy a 7 mm Allen bit and a T-45 Torx for my 3/8 wrench, but also ended deciding to buy a new craftsman air compressor w/15 gallon tank and a 75 peice Air tool set to help me with doing the job a little easier.

The question I have for you all now is how hard are the rear brakes to change? And are there any special things to know about changing them? ANy tips?

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yeah.....don't forget to adjust your parking brake back to normal. I addidently forgot that one time and the brake went right to the floor. prolly not a HUGE prob. with an auto trans for some people but I HATE letting it roll to a stop in park (if you know what i'm talking about). I wanna keep that puppy going as long as possible.

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Do not use an air wrench to put the caliper bolts on! The rubber sleeves on the calipers make it pretty easy to mialign the bolts. The metal in the calipers also must be pretty soft to start with, myself and others have managed to strip the caliper bolt holes. An air wrench is a sure way to do it.

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I've repaired these with great success by using Helicoil 9mm x 1.25 inserts (with the helicoil supplied tap) and, from what I remember, a 22/64 drill. follow instructions & your problem with be absolutly cured.

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Listen to Neil about the air tools, the calipers are not the place for those, you really need to be able to feel how the bolt is threading and how tight you end up if you don't have a torque wrench.

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You're right. Don't use air tools, they're overkill and not needed for this. It's cast iron and you'll need to take it easy.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Neil F.
It's a good time to get a full set of metric and standard size allen wrenches.
The T-case plug is a 10mm allen head - just to add to what Neil said (i.e. more justification to buy tools!)

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