Helpful Tips For Installing A New Brake Caliper

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Install Brake Caliper Tips & Tricks


Whenever you install a new brake caliper, you should pay attention to the following. Double check the caliper guide pins for proper torque. It’s important to tighten the caliper guide pin slide bolts to your vehicle manufacturers recommended torque specification prior to completing the installation.

If your kit doesn’t include a caliper bracket, be sure to clean the original bracket thoroughly with brake parts cleaner and lubricate the guide pins with hi-temp caliper grease.

Use a brass wire brush and brake parts cleaner to remove any accumulated rust and or brake pad residue from the bracket and install new abutment clips when applicable.

Some applications may call for replacing the brake hose to caliper crush washer. A new crush washer creates a tight seal that prevents leaks. Check your vehicles service manual.

Double check the rubber dust boots that cover the base of the guide pins. Damaged or unsecured dust boots allow lubricant to escape and debris to enter resulting in premature wear of the guide pins.

Use high-temp grease to lubricate the abutment clips in the areas where the brake pad backing plate makes contact.

Bleed your brake lines according to your vehicles service manual. Brake calipers have small orifices within them that can get clogged by debris that has accumulated in the system.

Poorly maintained brake fluid absorbs moisture from the atmosphere over time which can cause rust to form. Bleeding the brake lines prior to installing new calipers removes the accumulated water and debris, which ensures proper function and maximum performance from your brakes.

Check your car’s service manual for the recommended torque specifications and double check all fasteners. Be sure to pay special attention to bolts that call for thread-locker. Hi-temp thread locker fluid or paste is often used on these critical fasteners to ensure they do not back out due to the extreme stresses that brakes are subject to. Excessive heat, vibration and torque can cause caliper bolts to come loose if they are not properly treated and torqued before use.

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