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Front brake caliper pins!!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by eric70412, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. eric70412

    eric70412 [OP] Active Member

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    I bought new brake pads and new rotors for the front of my truck the other day. This is the first time I ever changed the front brake pads on this truck. Is there a trick to getting those darn pins out of the Caliper to remove the pads? I tried pounding them out first with the caliper on the rotor no luck!! Then I removed the Caliper and then was able to get the 1 pin started out but couldnt get the other 1 to budge. I didnt wanna pull the 1 all the way out for fear that I wouldnt be able to get it back in if I couldnt get the other 1 out.. I was gonna try and disconnect the caliper all together and take it over to the work bench and put it in the vice and try driving them out that way. But then I probably would of had to bleed the brakes after I hooked it back up.:mad: I didnt have any help to do that at the time I was doing it. So I put it all back together and now I think I am gonna take it somewhere and have it done..

    This is the Second toyota that I have had that I couldnt get the stupid pins out to change the brakes. I love the Toyota trucks but after this I might consider buying American the next time because of this issue!!

    Appreciate any advice..

    Thanks
     
  2. tacomaman06

    tacomaman06 Carolina Alliance: Lead, follow, or get the hell o Thor

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    take a little pb blaster and spray only where the pins go into the caliper and come out.........try not to get it on the rotors. let it sit a bit, then tap them out with a hammer.........worked for me. when you get them out....clean them up real good......and rub them down with emery cloth to get the surface rust off of them.
     
  3. KoolWipTacoma

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    just put new pads on my 05 2day. there is a small carter key on the end of those pins make sure u take those out to get those pins out. also use a c-clap or big pair of channel-locks to compress the pistons. tap the ends of the pins with hammer to get the head out a little then grab the head with vice-grips or pliers and use hammer to hit the vice-grips. it should slide right out. hope i could be of some help to u! good luck!
     
  4. ARB1977

    ARB1977 Don't be a dick

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    Take the clip out and they sould slide out...unless they are rusted in. Like mentioned above pb blaster is your friend.
     
  5. TIPICOTACO

    TIPICOTACO Well-Known Member

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    few things here n there, check out the build
    anyone know if these pins are available in stainless steel ??
     
  6. Robertgeejr1

    Robertgeejr1 Well-Known Member

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    don't blame toyota for this. they are made out of harden steel, but you should grease them up very well and keep them that way. don't pound on stuff like that you really run the risk of doing some damage to the calipers. depending on use and climate that is one thing you have to check on every now and then, esp. if off roading.
     
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