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Old 05-01-2010, 01:56 PM
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Can't figure correct way to remove brake pads

2000 gmc truck I got the caliper off can't figure how pads come off ? They are not kind with clips attatched to the back. Pulled off complete brake assembly there are two Hex key bolts with boots on them that are holding caliper to brake housing do I back them out ? Just don't want do do the wrong thing

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2000 gmc truck I got the caliper off can't figure how pads come off ? They are not kind with clips attatched to the back. Pulled off complete brake assembly there are two Hex key bolts with boots on them that are holding caliper to brake housing do I back them out ? Just don't want do do the wrong thing
Yes remove or back them out, the rest should be self explanatory.JMO


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I have a hex key but the bolts are on so tight and are shallow that I can't get a good bite. Any ideas ?
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Sounds like you took the mounting bracket off, If so bolt it back on then you can the bolts out. JMO By bolting it back on it will give you support (hold0 it so you can brake them loose. What you should have done was take those bolts out and then lift it out and leave the mounting bracket in place, then you should be able to remove the pads to replace them.


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A lot of those are torx. Make sure you are using the right bit. If you strip them you will be in real trouble.
Sometimes you need to use a pick or a small screw driver to clean them out so the bit will go in.
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I got my self a 8 mm hex drive and sprayed some that remove easy spray but it's getting dark here so have to call it for today Im just really worried about stripping the heads ! Is torx and hex same ? If not will hex work ?

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no hex and torx aren't the same. Torx have a star shape... kinda like the star on your phone. hex is a six sided hole like a bolt head. Hex will sometimes fit into the torx hole, but it is pretty much a guarantee you are going to strip it out that way. Unless the bolt is already loose.
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Once you get it all apart, and are ready to re-assemble:
You will have to push the caliper pistons back in before you can install the new pads. (because the new pads are thicker than the old ones)

Actually, here's an even better tip.
Go to Autozone.com
Click on "Become a Member" (it's free) to set up a user account.
Fill out the username, password, contact info, etc (you can opt out of the junk e-mail, etc.)

After you have an "account" set up, you can add your vehicles.

The beauty of this is that there is all kinds of "repair manual" / "wiring diagrams" information ... and it's all FREE.

AND you can look up your own parts.
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Might not be the same but most all I have worked on were 10mm hex.Clean the thing good whatever size/configuration it is and get the right socket once I get the socket in good and tight I usually pop the end of the ratchet with a rubber hammer and thay come right loose.

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I thought a little more about this.
My daughter's truck is a 2000 Chevy C1500, and it does have TORX caliper bolts.

T55, if I recall.

My set only went to T50, and the only ones that I could find locally bigger than that were in a 1/2" drive impact TORX socket set.
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the public library may have manual on your vehicle, time to stop guessing and find a manual on your rig.
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