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I've got an '01 Sequoia and have a problem. When attempting to remove the pins that hold the pads in the caliper, one came out fine and the other refused to budge. I ended up cutting it in half, removing one half and could not get the other (inside) half out. At this point I've got the pin sheared flush with the caliper, and tried tapping it out with an awl. This is not working.

Unless anyone has any more suggestions for getting the 'simple' part of the job done, I'm probably going to just get a new caliper.

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Re: '01 front brakes - Bleeder tool?

Thanks. Yeah, I'm using up the WD40. I am to the point of replacing both calipers. The local Toyota dealer has 19 of the brake pad pins in stock. There must be a bunch of stuck/frozen pins out there for them to have 19 in stock...

Can anyone recommend a one-man bleeder tool?
 

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Re: '01 front brakes - Bleeder tool?

Thanks. Yeah, I'm using up the WD40. I am to the point of replacing both calipers. The local Toyota dealer has 19 of the brake pad pins in stock. There must be a bunch of stuck/frozen pins out there for them to have 19 in stock...

Can anyone recommend a one-man bleeder tool?
Motive powerbleeder. I can bleed all 4 wheels and the abs on my cummins in less than 5mins;)
 

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Thanks. I can't find that anywhere locally, and it looks like a 4 day ship to Chicago. I don't think I can drive the vehicle around while I wait for it, can I?
 

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Have you tried using pb blaster on that stuck pin? I think that I'd have tried working it back and forth for a while before I cut it.
 

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Can you VERY CAREFULLY take a propane torch, heat the caliper just slightly to cause some expansion, and the tap the pin out with a small punch?
 

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Replaced calipers - new problem now...

Thanks for the suggestions, but I decided to replace both front calipers. That job is done, but now I have a 'Brake!' light on as well as the 'VSC Trac' and 'VSC Off' lights on.

I did what I call a gravity bleed, where you open the bleeder valve on one caliper and let the fluid drain until it looks like there are no air bubbles. Then repeated on the other side.

I am going to take it in to have the lines bled, as I am without a helper. Should this resolve the Brake, and VSC light issues?

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Go buy some speedbleeders and do it yourself the right way. You've still got air in the line and what you did most definately didn't work.
 

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Thanks Puffnstuff. I got back in the car to take it over and have the lines bled, and all of my lights were off. No more Brake light, VSC Trac or VSC Off. All of my radio presets were gone as well. I may have left the key on for several hours while doing the brakes. I don't know if the lights and the radio issues are connected, but it seems to me that they could be.

I will get a bleeder and do it right. Do you have a particular bleeder in mind? Thanks again.
 

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Just get speed bleeders. They have a one way valve so one person can bleed the brakes. You just have to make sure that the reservior doesn't run dry allowing air into the master cylinder.
 

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Just get speed bleeders. They have a one way valve so one person can bleed the brakes. You just have to make sure that the reservior doesn't run dry allowing air into the master cylinder.
I have them on my Corolla and they are great. Especially when you have an impatient wife who has "more important" things to do than pump a brake pedal for you. :angrywife:

I've begun to amass the parts to do the Gen-1 brake upgrade and have purchased speed bleeders to do that job too.
 

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Thanks for the help...

I'll look for speed bleeders locally - I would think I can find them somewhere in Chicago.
 
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