Toyota Camry 1983-1996 Repair Guide

Brake Caliper

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 thru 10



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Fig. Fig. 1: Caliper sliding pins (1) and mounting bolts (2)



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Fig. Fig. 2: The brake caliper is attached by these two bolts-rear brakes shown

  1. Loosen the wheel lug nuts slightly.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
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  5. Remove the wheels.
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  7. Disconnect the brake hose from the caliper. Plug the end of the hose to prevent loss of fluid. Some brake lines have a union bolt and gasket type line attached to the caliper. Do not loose the washers.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Unbolt the brake hose form the strut assembly



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Fig. Fig. 4: Pull the hose and place away from the caliper assembly



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Fig. Fig. 5: Disconnect the hose from the back of the caliper, do not loose the washers

Have a container handy to catch brake fluid from the disconnected lines.

  1. Hold the sliding pin and remove the bolts that attach the caliper to the torque plate.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the sliding pin from the caliper

  1. With two hands, lift up and remove the caliper assembly.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Removing the caliper assembly from the rotor-front shown



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Fig. Fig. 8: Remove the caliper assembly from the rotor-rear shown



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Fig. Fig. 9: Always apply caliper grease to the sliding pin before installing-front shown

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Grease the caliper pins and bolts with Lithium grease or equivalent. Tighten the caliper bolt(s) for the front wheels to 20-27 ft. lbs. (27-41 Nm). On the rear wheels tighten the main pin to 20 ft. lbs. (26 Nm) and the bolt to 14 ft. lbs. (20 Nm). Fill and bleed the system. Before moving the vehicle, make sure to pump the brake pedal to seat the pads against the rotors.
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Fig. Fig. 10: Make sure the bolt and washers are placed in order on the banjo fitting

OVERHAUL



See Figures 11 thru 18

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.

  1. Remove the caliper from the vehicle and place on a clean workbench.
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CAUTION
NEVER place your fingers in front of the pistons in an attempt to catch or protect the pistons when applying compressed air. This could result in personal injury!

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.

  1. The first method is as follows:
    1. Stuff a shop towel or a block of wood into the caliper to catch the piston.
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    3. 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.
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Fig. Fig. 11: For some types of calipers, use compressed air to drive the piston out of the caliper, but make sure to keep your fingers clear



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Fig. Fig. 12: Withdraw the piston from the caliper bore

  1. For the second method, you must rotate the piston to retract it from the caliper.
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  3. If equipped, remove the anti-rattle clip.
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Fig. Fig. 13: On some vehicles, you must remove the anti-rattle clip

  1. Use a prytool to remove the caliper boot, being careful not to scratch the housing bore.
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Fig. Fig. 14: Use a prytool to carefully pry around the edge of the boot ...



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Fig. Fig. 15: ... then remove the boot from the caliper housing, taking care not to score or damage the bore

  1. Remove the piston seals from the groove in the caliper bore.
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Fig. Fig. 16: Use extreme caution when removing the piston seal; DO NOT scratch the caliper bore

  1. Carefully loosen the brake bleeder valve cap and valve from the caliper housing.
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  3. Inspect the caliper bores, pistons and mounting threads for scoring or excessive wear.
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  5. Use crocus cloth to polish out light corrosion from the piston and bore.
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  7. Clean all parts with denatured alcohol and dry with compressed air.
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To assemble:
  1. Lubricate and install the bleeder valve and cap.
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  3. Install the new seals into the caliper bore grooves, making sure they are not twisted.
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  5. Lubricate the piston bore.
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  7. Install the pistons and boots into the bores of the calipers and push to the bottom of the bores.
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  9. Use a suitable driving tool to seat the boots in the housing.
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Fig. Fig. 17: Use the proper size driving tool and a mallet to properly seal the boots in the caliper housing

  1. Install the caliper in the vehicle.
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  3. Install the wheel and tire assembly, then carefully lower the vehicle.
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  5. Properly bleed the brake system.
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Fig. Fig. 18: There are tools, such as this Mighty-Vac, available to assist in proper brake system bleeding

 
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