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#%$&!! front brake pins

A tip for those of you who live in areas that use a lot of road salt:
Those pins that hold the front brake pads in the calipers can rust in place so badly that you can't get them out. The only thing that works is "heat and beat" but heating with a torch will destroy the caliper seals. If your front brake pads last more than a year then I suggest that you replace those pins annually so you don't have to replace the calipers.

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Re: #%$&!! front brake pins

I read about this issue when I first appropriated my '11 in '14. I got lucky and the pins weren't seized but looked like there was the potential. I removed them when I painted my calipers and added some anit-seize to them, and they've been great ever since. FWIW

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Re: #%$&!! front brake pins

What Jade said. Havent pulled them since I coated them so I hope I'm not screwed.


Mendosy- Could you drill them out? Just thinking that if they are that rusted they should pretty much disintegrate anyways.

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What Jade said. Havent pulled them since I coated them so I hope I'm not screwed.


Mendosy- Could you drill them out? Just thinking that if they are that rusted they should pretty much disintegrate anyways.
I suppose that they could be drilled out if the calipers could be set up in something like a Bridgeport mill to keep the drill from walking. The caliper casting would be softer material than the pins.

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yea I agree there has to be a better way

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Re: #%$&!! front brake pins

Anti-seize, period.

Learned that the hard way when I had to drill the pins out of my first set of calipers in my Gen1 Tundra. With the brake TSB, I got the upgraded calipers and the anti-seize has been working for the last 10+ years.

You CAN drill the pins out, you just need a steady hand and it won't be perfect. Applying heat is questionable. I've heard from people who've done it and not damaged the caliper seals. Might be something to try if drilling isn't for you and your most likely going to need a new set of calipers anyway.

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Yes, anti-sieze compound is the best solution around, but even that doesn't completely solve the problem if you live in a high road salt area. It needs to be re-applied every year to be safe.

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Re: #%$&!! front brake pins

I give the pins on my truck a little tap back and forth when ever i have the wheels off. seems to keep them moving .

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Yes, anti-sieze compound is the best solution around, but even that doesn't completely solve the problem if you live in a high road salt area. It needs to be re-applied every year to be safe.
Really? I've just slathered on the silver based anti-seize and just rotate & move the pins in/out every couple of years. Hasn't been much of an issue for me personally. The pins do go in loosely though now. I did make sure they aren't a tight fit.

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