Caliber 2007

Brake Calipers

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Removal & Installation





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Fig. Use a brake pedal holding tool to depress the brake pedal when disconnecting brake hoses.

  1. Using a brake pedal holding tool as shown, depress the brake pedal past its first 1 inch (25 mm) of travel and hold it in this position. This will isolate the master cylinder from the brake hydraulic system and will not allow the brake fluid to drain out of the master cylinder reservoir when the lines are opened.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the front wheel.
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  7. Loosen the brake tube nut at the rear brake hose.
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  9. Remove the clip holding the rear brake hose to the trailing link bracket, and remove the brake hose from the bracket.
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  11. Loosen and remove the brake hose from the brake caliper.
    NOTE
    When removing the caliper guide pin bolts, notate the location of the bolt with the special sleeve on the tip. Depending on the build date, this special sleeve bolt can be located in either the top or bottom location. It must be reinstalled in its original position.



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    Fig. Loosen the brake tube nut (2), remove the clip (3), and loosen the brake hose connection (4) to disconnect it from the caliper (1)-Rear brake caliper

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  13. Remove the caliper guide pin bolts.
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  15. Slide and remove the caliper assembly with the outboard brake pad attached.
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  17. Remove the outboard brake pad from the caliper by prying the pad retaining clip over the raised area on the caliper.
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To install:

  1. Using a C-clamp, completely retract the caliper piston back into the bore of the caliper.
    WARNING
    Place a block of wood over the piston before using the C-clamp to prevent damage to the piston.

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  3. Slide the outboard brake pad onto the caliper. Be sure the retaining clip is squarely seated in the depressed areas on the caliper beyond the raised retaining bead.
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  5. Install the caliper with outboard brake pad attached over the inboard brake pad and rotor, onto the brake caliper adapter bracket.
    NOTE
    When installing the caliper guide pin bolts, make sure the bolts are put back in the same locations as when removed.

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  7. Align the caliper guide pin bolt holes with the adapter bracket. Install the caliper guide pin bolts and tighten to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
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  9. Inspect the outboard brake pad to make sure it is correctly positioned. The retaining clip must be squarely seated in the depressed areas on the caliper fingers. Also, the nubs on the pad's steel backing plate must be fully seated in the depressions formed into the inside of the caliper fingers. There should be no gap between the pad backing plate and the caliper fingers.
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  11. Thread the brake hose connection into the brake caliper. Tighten the hose fitting at the caliper to 133 inch lbs. (15 Nm).
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  13. Route and install the brake hose into the trailing link mounted bracket and install the clip to secure it.
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  15. Thread the brake tube nut into brake hose and tighten to 150 inch lbs. (17 Nm).
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  17. Install the rear wheel.
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  19. Lower the vehicle.
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  21. Remove the brake pedal holding tool.
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  23. Bleed the brake system if necessary.
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  25. Test drive the vehicle to ensure proper brake operation.
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