Express, Savana, G1500, G2500, G3500, 1998-2005

Brake Caliper


Removal & Installation

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There are 2 caliper designs and they can be identified by the method used to secure the assembly to the spindle bracket. The Delco caliper is secured by a bolt and sleeve combination. The Bendix caliper assembly is secured by a slider, spring and bolt.

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    2 / 3 of the brake fluid from the master cylinder
    Tire and wheel assembly

  3. Using a C-clamp or the equivalent, compress the caliper piston until the caliper piston bottoms in the bore.

    Brake hose at caliper by removing the inlet fitting bolt. Plug the line.
    Bolt and sleeve or bolt and slider assemblies that hold the caliper and then lift the caliper off the rotor

  5. Inspect the caliper assembly.

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    Fig. Compressing the caliper piston-Express & Savana


To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Caliper onto the knuckle/rotor assembly and secure the assembly with the mounting bolts or sliders. Tighten the front bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm). Tighten the rear bolts to 31 ft. lbs. ( 30 Nm) on 15 series and 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm) on 25/35 series.
    Brake line to the caliper

  3. Bleed the brakes.
  5. Pump the brake pedal and verify there is minimal brake pedal travel.
  7. Check the brake fluid level. Install the tire and wheel assembly.

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