How to Remove a Front Brake Caliper

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Removing front brake calipers requires removing pins in the calipers. Learn how to remove front brake calipers in this free auto repair video featuring a certified mechanic.

Part of the Video Series: How to Rebuild Front Brake Calipers
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Video Transcript

In this clip, we're going to talk about the proper service procedure to rebuild a front brake caliper. In this step, we're going to talk about the proper service procedure for removing our caliper. Now, this caliper mounting style is unique mostly to Ford's. It has slide in pins that hold it in place. There are no nuts and bolts that hold it on. If your vehicle does have nuts and bolts, you're going to want to take those out at this time. If you happen to be driving a vehicle that has pound in slide pins, you're going to take a flat blade screwdriver and a small hammer and drive them all the way through the caliper, just like so. As you can see, the pins have small notches on them. Those notches line up with the outside of the caliper bridge and hold the pin in place. And go ahead and drive out the bottom slide pin. You're going to want and take and only tap on the metal portion of the pin, being that the inside portion of the pin is rubber, you don't want to damage it with the blade of your screwdriver. Right there. You can see how it's rubber on the inside. This hole inner piece, is rubber, so you're going to want to make sure to tap on the metal portion there. Then set these aside for later re-installation. They do not come in your caliper rebuild kit. Once you have the pins removed, and your screwdriver out of the way, you're going to take and slide your caliper off and dump any residual fluid into a drain bucket, just like so. If you're having difficulties sliding your caliper off the ridge, it may be necessary to compress it. What I mean by compressing it is to slip a screwdriver in between the pad and the caliper piston, and lightly compress it backwards. You'll only need to compress it very slightly to release the static tension the pads hold on the rotor. That is the proper service procedure for removing your brake caliper.


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