Camaro, Firebird, 1999 - 2002

Brake Caliper

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
Dust and dirt accumulating on brake parts during normal use may contain asbestos fibers from production or aftermarket brake linings. Breathing excessive concentrations of asbestos fibers can cause serious bodily harm. Exercise care when servicing brake parts. Do not sand or grind brake lining unless equipment used is designed to contain the dust residue. Do not clean brake parts with compressed air or by dry brushing. Cleaning should be done by dampening the brake components with a fine mist of water, then wiping the brake components clean with a dampened cloth. Dispose of cloth and all residue containing asbestos fibers in an impermeable container with the appropriate label. Follow practices prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the handling, processing, and disposing of dust or debris that may contain asbestos fibers.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect battery negative cable from battery and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
  4.  
  5. Inspect the fluid level in the brake master cylinder reservoir.
  6.  
  7. If the brake fluid level is midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, no brake fluid needs to be removed from the reservoir before proceeding.
  8.  
  9. If the brake fluid level is higher than midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, remove brake fluid to the midway point before proceeding.
  10.  
  11. Raise and support the vehicle.
  12.  
  13. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  14.  
  15. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Brake caliper inlet fitting bolt from the caliper
     
    Brake hose from the brake caliper
     

  16.  
  17. Remove and discard the two copper brake hose gaskets. These gaskets may be stuck to the brake caliper and/or the brake hose end.
  18.  
  19. Cap the opening in the brake caliper and the brake hose to prevent fluid loss and contamination.

    Brake caliper guide pin bolts
     
    Brake caliper from the caliper mounting bracket
     

  20.  

To install:

  1. Inspect the caliper slide boots for cuts, tears, or deterioration. If damaged, replace the slides and the boots.
  2.  
  3. Install the brake caliper to the caliper mounting bracket.
  4.  
  5. Install the brake caliper guide pin bolts and tighten to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm)
  6.  
  7. Remove the cap from the brake caliper opening and the brake hose.
    NOTE
    Install NEW copper brake hose gaskets.

  8.  
  9. Assemble the NEW copper brake hose gaskets, and the brake caliper inlet fitting bolt to the brake hose.
  10.  
  11. Install the brake hose and the brake caliper inlet fitting bolt to the brake caliper and tighten the bolt to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm)
  12.  
  13. Bleed the hydraulic brake system.
  14.  
  15. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  16.  
  17. Reconnect negative battery cable.
  18.  


CAUTION
Dust and dirt accumulating on brake parts during normal use may contain asbestos fibers from production or aftermarket brake linings. Breathing excessive concentrations of asbestos fibers can cause serious bodily harm. Exercise care when servicing brake parts. Do not sand or grind brake lining unless equipment used is designed to contain the dust residue. Do not clean brake parts with compressed air or by dry brushing. Cleaning should be done by dampening the brake components with a fine mist of water, then wiping the brake components clean with a dampened cloth. Dispose of cloth and all residue containing asbestos fibers in an impermeable container with the appropriate label. Follow practices prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the handling, processing, and disposing of dust or debris that may contain asbestos fibers.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect battery negative cable from battery and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
  4.  
  5. If the brake fluid level is midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, no brake fluid needs to be removed from the reservoir before proceeding.
  6.  
  7. If the brake fluid level is higher than midway between the maximum-full point and the minimum allowable level, remove brake fluid to the midway point before proceeding.
  8.  
  9. Raise and support the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  12.  
  13. Remove the brake caliper inlet fitting bolt from the caliper.
  14.  
  15. Remove the brake hose from the brake caliper.
  16.  
  17. Remove and discard the two copper brake hose gaskets. These gaskets may be stuck to the brake caliper and/or the brake hose end.
  18.  
  19. Cap the opening in the brake caliper and the brake hose to prevent fluid loss and contamination.
  20.  
  21. Remove the brake caliper guide pin bolts.
  22.  
  23. Remove the brake caliper from the caliper mounting bracket.
  24.  

To install:

  1. Inspect the caliper slide boots for cuts, tears, or deterioration. If damaged, replace the slides and the boots.
  2.  
  3. Install the brake caliper to the caliper mounting bracket.
  4.  
  5. Install the brake caliper guide pin bolts and tighten to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm)
  6.  
  7. Remove the plug from the brake caliper opening and the brake hose.
    NOTE
    Install NEW copper brake hose gaskets.

  8.  
  9. Assemble the NEW copper brake hose gaskets, and the brake caliper inlet fitting bolt to the brake hose.
  10.  
  11. Install the brake hose and the brake caliper inlet fitting bolt to the brake caliper and tighten the bolt to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm)
  12.  
  13. Bleed the hydraulic brake system.
  14.  
  15. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  16.  
  17. Lower the vehicle.
  18.  
  19. Reconnect negative battery cable.
  20.  

 
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