Brake caliper bolt problem

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Old 09-11-07, 02:58 PM
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Unhappy Brake caliper bolt problem

Hi, I'm replacing the front brake pads on my 2003 Ford Explorer. My problemis the top caliper bolt on the passenger side front wheel. The bolt is just spinning(possibly sheared?) and I cannot get the thing out. If it was anywhere else, I'd drill it out and use a stud extractor but as the bolt faces into the wheel well, I can't get in to do that. Has anybody else encountered this problem and, more importantly, got around it? Thanks
 
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Old 09-11-07, 03:59 PM
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Can you take a picture?

There should only be two bolts that you remove and they are fairly large so I doubt it sheared.

You might be taking off the wrong one or this bolt has a nut on the other side.
 
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Old 09-11-07, 04:19 PM
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Welll...............There are 2 that hold the caliper to the bracket.......They should have 13mm heads...........and then 2 that hold the bracket to the spindle ..15mm heads.......If the smaller ones are the problem,take out the one that is cooperative.........pivot the caliper on the one that isn't and remove it from the bracket slide and all........You MY have to take off the hose to do this.......
If the BIG ones are the problem, you're gonna be heading to the boneyard for a spindle
 
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Originally Posted by chezankev View Post
The bolt is just spinning(possibly sheared?) and I cannot get the thing out.
That, in and of it's self means nothing. Often the caliper bolts have rubber as part of the bolt and caliper where once you unscrew the bolt, (the threads are only on the end, like say the last 1/2 inch), the rubber grabs the shank of the bolt and hence will no longer back out of the caliper anymore and just spins, because the bolt is not an 'all-thread'. You can drive the bolt out. You can gently try this as you have nothing to lose. Can't guarantee that is your problem, but it may be!
 
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Red face Brake caliper bolt problem

Thanks for the advice guys. From what I can see, the advice to "pivot the caliper on the one that isn't and remove it from the bracket slide and all" appears to be my best hope. Presumably, this will work only if the bolt has, in fact, sheared?
 
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