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double0ram 08-04-2011 09:55 PM

what not to do with your brakes
heres a good laugh for anyone who can appreciate a nasty problem

today was the start of fixing my brakes. between the wife and the guy i got this ram from, the front end was pretty botched up. the project came to a halt as the caliper bracket bolts literally wouldnt budge. the pads were none existant. Im replacing rotors and calipers.

this is a pic of the nasty old rotor, the back side of which litterally is falling apart
notice the pads, completly gone
and the red arrows are pointing to the caliper bracket bolts... which wont budge. the impact almost rounded one shortly after this pic

since the repairs are put on hold due to these stupid 13/16th bolts there will be more to come on this thread. ill turn it into a how to as i progress with this repair

RedRam10 08-04-2011 10:00 PM

I like the how to aspect and will post points when the job is done!

snrusnak 08-04-2011 10:04 PM

I can hear it now...."S-C-R-E-E-T-C-H"!!!!

double0ram 08-04-2011 10:18 PM

well it actually was more of a sound akin to a disk grinder..... or a metal dremel bit... ha. i work all weekend, and i have monday and tuesday off so hopefully ill complete this and then ill have the how to put up with full pics. until then... does anyone have an idea or 5 on how to break those stubborn 13/16th bracket bolts free? there soaking in penatrating fluid but any other ideas would be awesome... short of snapping em and drilling them out

snrusnak 08-04-2011 10:26 PM

big breaker bar and penetrating lube, let it work in...sounds like your doing that. Do you have an impact wrench? Last option before cutting would be heating it with a torch. Someone else can verify but I would think you would want to concentrate heat on the BRACKET, not the bolt, that way the bracket will expand when hot, and while hot you can back the bolt out. Obviously the bolt will get hot too, but try to concentrate heat on the bracket symmetrically around the bolt. Be careful and use common sense. I've also heard of some other product that cools the bolt and shrinks it slightly so you can back it out, I think it's called "......something ice" ...maybe someone will know what it is, I've never used it just saw it on like horsepower or trucks or something on tv.

double0ram 08-04-2011 10:56 PM

First came the breaker bar then the impact. Nothing. I applied penetrating fluid front and back and sat back with my buddy and had a beer while it soaked in. Nothing. Wont budge and the impact is attempting to round the bolt. So we stopped. If that freeze stuff is a real deal someone lemme know. A torch might be my last resort but its all good cause my new caliper has a new bracket

snrusnak 08-04-2011 11:00 PM


A torch might be my last resort but its all good cause my new caliper has a new bracket
If that's the case then just try heating, and if it doesn't work stop screwing around already and cut it! lol

double0ram 08-04-2011 11:03 PM

It may come to it but I'd like to avoid it if at all possible as part of the bolt will still be stuck inside the part of the hub that bracket mounts to.

snrusnak 08-04-2011 11:11 PM

Yeah, The excessive heat probably practically forged the bolts to the caliper brackets....that stuff can be a real pain.

double0ram 08-04-2011 11:16 PM

Exactly my thoughts. Funny tho the new caliper has bolts to mount to the bracket but go figure the new one lacks the bolts for the bracket to the hub.

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