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Old 03-22-2014, 01:57 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Trailing Arm In The Way!

I am trying to remove a stuck rear brake caliper for replacement on my 2004 SE. It's all apart except for the bottom caliper bolt - it is hitting the trailing arm.

Any hints on how to get the trailing arm out of the way so that I can remove the bolt? The 17mm bolts on the trailing arm aren't budging. I've tried moving the wheel up (with another jack) - doesn't produce enough clearance.

Couldn't find it addressed in any of the stickies or with search and I'm stuck.

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Lift up the car, place a jack stand under the knuckle of that arm, which would be under the actual hub.. and lower the car slowly. You'll see how the hub will go up and the arm will get out of your way.
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Thanx for the tip Deadbolt .
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Default Re: Trailing Arm In The Way!

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Lift up the car, place a jack stand under the knuckle of that arm, which would be under the actual hub.. and lower the car slowly. You'll see how the hub will go up and the arm will get out of your way.
Thanks, Deadbolt. I tried that yesterday and the suspension didn't have enough range of motion to move the arm out of the way. Perhaps having the car on a slight incline (decline with respect to the rear) put me at a disadvantage.

I had a suggestion that I remove the bracket that holds the caliper in place. Makes sense if it can be done. I say 'if' because I'm not assuming anything - this whole operation took less than an hour for both sides on my 5th gen. I suppose there are certain costs to having the rear wheels swing independently.

One thing that occurred to me was to see if I could pull the problematic bolt out before jacking up the car (same effect as Deadbolt's suggestion, just to the extreme of using all of the weight as typically distributed). I'll give that a whirl, first.
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Default Re: Trailing Arm In The Way!

Just a quick note: that works! I was able to pull the bolt using Deadbolt's suggestion with a bit of a modification. I pulled the lower bolt before jacking up the car using a 6" extension on the ratchet. Thanks for the help!
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