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#1 Old 11-03-2009, 10:23 PM
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Doing my breaks?

I'm trying to change the rotors on my car i've broken caliper bolts in back already and had to buy new brackets. The front caliper bolts will not break loose. I have sprayed pb blaster and tried everything I know of to break the bolts loose, that conect the caliper brackets to the hub assembly. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Hmm... spray tons more PB Blaster on it (wait overnight if you have to so the stuff can work its magic), use a socket with 6 sides (not 12) to ensure you get good bite on the bolt, and try to crank it hard once to break the torque on the bolt. Use a small breaker/cheater bar if you have to to get more leverage. Other than that, I'm out of ideas.

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Thanks I got it broken loose it took 6 beers 10 cigarettes and 3 pulled muscles one in my bicep one in my shoulder and one in my back, but its off. The front bolts don't break like the back bolts do.
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Nice, glad to hear you got everything apart. What kind of rotors did you get - anything fancy or just basic replacements?

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When you put them back together, or even if you already have. Put anti-sieze lubricant on the bolts. It'll keep them from doing that in the future.

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I'm a big fan of PB Blaster, but when that failed my friend and I, we would try to heat up the bolts with a torch...oh and a big breaker bar (or a pipe through your wrench) works wonders...
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Another idea is to hit the top of the bolt with a hammer a few times after applying the PB Blaster. This has worked for me in the past. I agree with manshow, a 6 sided socket is WAY better than a 12 sided!!
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Here are a few write ups on changing pads and rotors that may help others searching.

Brake Pad Replacement

WRX Project from JSC Speed

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access to air tools are wonderful as well. i tried for hours to get my stock suspension off. i got one bolt by using a small jack to lift up on the wrench.

but the second bolt took my 5 hours of beating. then my neighbor invvited me over to his garage. and the bolt was off in .5

so if you have a neighbor with air tools, be nice to him/her
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+1 For air tools too...I love my Craftsman Air Compressor!
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