REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 8
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the master cylinder reservoir cap, then remove the 2 / 3 of the fluid from the reservoir with a clean syringe and place it in a suitable container. Install the reservoir cap.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands.
- Mark the relationship of the wheel to the hub and bearing assembly.
- Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
- Reinstall two of the lug nuts to retain the rotor.
Push the pistons into the caliper bore to provide clearance between the linings and the rotor, as follows:
- Install a large C-clamp over the top of the caliper housing and against the back of the outboard shoe.
If the C-clamp is tightening too far, the outboard shoe retaining spring will be deformed and require replacement.
- Slowly tighten the C-clamp until the pistons are pushed into the caliper bore enough to slide the caliper assembly off the rotor.
- If the caliper is going to be replaced or removed for overhaul, disconnect and plug the brake hose.
- Unfasten the caliper mounting bolts and sleeves, then pull the caliper from the mounting bracket and rotor. Support the caliper with a suitable piece wire from the strut, if not removing.
- Inspect the mounting bolts and sleeves for corrosion and the support bushings for cuts or damage; replace if necessary.
- Liberally coat the inside diameter of the bushings with silicone grease.
- Position the caliper and brake pad assembly over the rotor.
Install the mounting bolts and sleeves. The bolts and sleeves should slide through the bushings with only hand pressure. If greater force or mechanical assistance is necessary, perform the following:
- Remove the bolts and sleeves, along with the bushings.
- Inspect the mounting bores for corrosion. If the bores are corroded, remove it using a 1 in. (25mm) wheel cylinder honing brush.
- Clean the bores with denatured alcohol.
- Install the bushings and relubricate.
- Tighten the caliper mounting bolts to 38 ft. lbs. (51 Nm).
- If removed, unplug and connect the brake hose, using new copper washers and a new inlet fitting bolt. Tighten the fitting bolt to 24 ft. lbs. (7 Nm).
- Remove the two wheel lugs, and install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Carefully lower the vehicle.
- Fill the master cylinder. If the brake line was disconnected, bleed the brake system as outlined in this section.
- Check for hydraulic leaks. Pump the brake pedal a few times before moving the vehicle.
See Figures 9 through 16
Some vehicles may be equipped dual piston calipers. The procedure to overhaul the caliper is essentially the same with the exception of multiple pistons, O-rings and dust boots.
- Remove the caliper from the vehicle and place on a clean workbench.
Depending upon the vehicle, there are two different ways to remove the piston from the caliper. Refer to the brake pad replacement procedure to make sure you have the correct procedure for your vehicle.
The first method is as follows:
- Stuff a shop towel or a block of wood into the caliper to catch the piston.
- Remove the caliper piston using compressed air applied into the caliper inlet hole. Inspect the piston for scoring, nicks, corrosion and/or worn or damaged chrome plating. The piston must be replaced if any of these conditions are found.
- For the second method, you must rotate the piston to retract it from the caliper.
- If equipped, remove the anti-rattle clip.
- Use a prytool to remove the caliper boot, being careful not to scratch the housing bore.
- Remove the piston seals from the groove in the caliper bore.
- Carefully loosen the brake bleeder valve cap and valve from the caliper housing.
- Inspect the caliper bores, pistons and mounting threads for scoring or excessive wear.
- Use crocus cloth to polish out light corrosion from the piston and bore.
- Clean all parts with denatured alcohol and dry with compressed air.
- Lubricate and install the bleeder valve and cap.
- Install the new seals into the caliper bore grooves, making sure they are not twisted.
- Lubricate the piston bore.
- Install the pistons and boots into the bores of the calipers and push to the bottom of the bores.
- Use a suitable driving tool to seat the boots in the housing.
- Install the caliper in the vehicle.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly, then carefully lower the vehicle.
- Properly bleed the brake system.