Removing a Brake Caliper

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If you're working on your car brakes, get step by step instructions for removing the brake caliper with expert tips in this free car repair video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi! My name is Nate McCullough. In this clip we are going to talk about removing the vehicle's caliper. On this particular vehicle, there is only 1 mounting bolt which is right here. That is the only one you need to take off to remove the actual caliper assembly. Once we get this bolt out what we are going to do is rotate the caliper, counter clockwise until this portion clears the pads. From there we can slide it off the lower mounting stud and get it out of our way. This one in particular takes a 10 millimeter bolt. It's a matter of just breaking it loose and rotating it counter clockwise. As you can see during the dead stroke of my ratchet when it is supposed to be clicking I always put a little extra resistance there. That way the ratchet doesn't end up free spinning on me. Once you get a couple of good turns on it, you may find it a little quicker to take a second remove your socket assembly and spin it the rest of the way out by hand. You will feel the resistance in the rotational force required to unthread this bolt drop off. That means it has cleared all of the threads. What you want to do is give it a little bit of wiggle to get it out, go ahead and set it in your magnetic tray or aside if you happen to not have one. Like I said earlier we are just going to rotate this caliper assembly until it clears here and slide it off the mounting stud. This may be another bolt. If it is that will require removal that varies from make to model. Once you have the caliper off, you are going to want to set it down on another component. If there is not something ready available that you can set it on, you are going to want to use a coat hanger and hang it from the coil spring. The vehicle's hydraulic pressure hose is not designed to hold the weight of the caliper so you are not going to want to hang it by that hose. Internal damage may occur and cost you more time and parts in the long run. Set it right up there and that will work.


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