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post #1 of 34 Old 12-18-2009, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Caliper bolt stripped, how to get off?

I decided to change the brake pads myself. When I went to get the caliper off, the bolts were so corroded that theyre practically round. The sockets aren't gripping on to anything. I went at it with a monkey wrench too but cant get any grip anywhere. How am I going to get these things off?

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post #2 of 34 Old 12-18-2009, 03:21 PM
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I cant remember the name of the sockets but there is a set that grab on to the side of the head not just the points. Supposedly they are really good.

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Vice Grips? I suppose worst case if you cut the heads off, you will be able to pull the caliper off and then you'll have a whole bolt to grab onto and unscrew.
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If they will fit, this type of bolt-out kit.
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...yword=bolt+out

They come in smaller sets.

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yeah the bolt out kits are good. if worse comes to worse you can weld another bolt head on top of the stripped one
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Okay im going to head to sears to try out those bolt out kits. Home depot and lowes didnt have anything like that. We'll see if that works.
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I have been able to cut a cross into some bolt heads and use a large screwdriver tip to break them loose.. I have a tip that fits in a socket for pressure and leverage.
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If a monkey wrench wont do it, then those bolt outs are not even going to get close. Maybe you need a smaller pipe wrench? Can you fit it on there good? I've never seen a pipe wrench slip on anything if you load it up correctly. If it will fit on there, a pipe wrench is by far the best tool to use. Sure a welder will work, but if the bolt is that rusty you'd have to grind at it to clean it up, then lug out the welder.
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Go will the torch for a few seconds then wart remover. The kind that freezes instantly. No bolt can stand up against that combo
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yeah welding is kind of a last ditch thing. stripped bolts are the devil as far as im concerned
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Thanks for the input everyone but the bolt out sockets actually worked out great for me! I was surprised at such a simple concept. I found a set of 6 for only $19.99. I used the size smaller and fit it on nice and tight with a rubber hammer. Then I just had to turn it and break it free from the rust after soaking it in some more wd40. The bolt heads looked like they went through a garagedisposal afterwards, but thats nothing a trip to autozone couldn't fix.
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post #12 of 34 Old 12-18-2009, 11:09 PM
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Next time you need a liquid penetrant to get hardware loosened up from corrosion, use something like Liquid Wrench, Break-Free, or PB-Blaster. Using WD-40 for that job is like toasting your new bride or celebrating New Years with 7-Up. It may look like the same stuff but it's not and it doesn't work nearly as well.

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Vice Grips? I suppose worst case if you cut the heads off, you will be able to pull the caliper off and then you'll have a whole bolt to grab onto and unscrew.
how does one remove the caliper when it still has brake pads and a rotor in the way of sliding it off?

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Why wouldn't the rotor come off with it? Just held on by caliper.

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the rotor would have to clear the wheel studs as well the the hub with the upper edge locked into the caliper. Rotor removal is impossible with the caliper still attached to the vehicle, if it wasn't you could replace rotors without removing the caliper. Not saying its absolutely impossible but you'd end up damaging a bunch of stuff to create the clearance to make it possible

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