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Old 04-05-2012, 10:29 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Electrical Tape On Caliper Pins?

I was changing my brake pads today and when I pulled the top guide pin out, the little rubber sleeve that slips over the end and sits inside the bracket hole(not the according boot) was stretched out and couldn't get the pin to go back in. So I called every where for some replacements. Nobody had them in stock and the dealership was already closed. So I wrapped some electrical tape around the pin where the sleeve would usually go. I drove around and it freakin worked. I am going to go the dealer tomorrow to buy some new ones and I'll install them tomorrow or the weekend, I won't be driving like this for very long. I just thought this was an interesting story to share. So if you run into this problem, wrapping electrical tape around the pin will work until you can get some new rubber sleeves.
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:47 AM   #2
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Default Re: Electrical tape on caliper pins?

That is good to know. I would re clean and re grease to be safe once you remove it. The heat the tape may see might allow the sticky part to to come off into the pin area and you definitely don't want that sticky.
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Default Re: Electrical Tape On Caliper Pins?

Im trying to find out why would anyone need to do that. If you see that the boots are ripped. Order a set and replace them. Your brakes will be ok until then. Im just trying to find out why would you remove them while waiting on new ones.
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Default Re: Electrical Tape On Caliper Pins?

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Im trying to find out why would anyone need to do that. If you see that the boots are ripped. Order a set and replace them. Your brakes will be ok until then. Im just trying to find out why would you remove them while waiting on new ones.
I didn't realize they were trashed until after I pulled them off. My plan was to buy brake pads after work and install them real quick. It was late at night and I needed my car for work the next day. I tried to put the pin back in but the old rubber sleeve was so swollen and stretched out that I couldn't push the pin back in. Its just one of those situations where I should have just bought a boot and hardware kit and waited until the weekend to do it. Poor planning on my part, I thought it was going to be a quick pad swap and it wasn't.
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I didn't realize they were trashed until after I pulled them off. My plan was to buy brake pads after work and install them real quick. It was late at night and I needed my car for work the next day. I tried to put the pin back in but the old rubber sleeve was so swollen and stretched out that I couldn't push the pin back in. Its just one of those situations where I should have just bought a boot and hardware kit and waited until the weekend to do it. Poor planning on my part, I thought it was going to be a quick pad swap and it wasn't.
Oh ok, it makes sense now.
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I didn't realize they were trashed until after I pulled them off. My plan was to buy brake pads after work and install them real quick. It was late at night and I needed my car for work the next day. I tried to put the pin back in but the old rubber sleeve was so swollen and stretched out that I couldn't push the pin back in. Its just one of those situations where I should have just bought a boot and hardware kit and waited until the weekend to do it. Poor planning on my part, I thought it was going to be a quick pad swap and it wasn't.
The rubber is always swollen from the lubricant. After cleaning out the hole and lubricating the hole...What you do is drive the rubber sleeve into the caliper retainer bracket hole with a round object just a tad smaller then the diameter of the hole the you insert the pin. ....you will never be able to insert the pin with the rubber sleeve on it.....Btw I realize how sexual this might sound....but this is best way to describe rubber going into a hole and

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The rubber is always swollen from the lubricant. After cleaning out the hole and lubricating the hole...What you do is drive the rubber sleeve into the caliper retainer bracket hole with a round object just a tad smaller then the diameter of the hole the you insert the pin. ....you will never be able to insert the pin with the rubber sleeve on it.....Btw I realize how sexual this might sound....but this is best way to describe rubber going into a hole and

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