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Unread 12-26-2007, 01:06 PM
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Default Caliper removal

I have a quick question to ask with regards to unbolting the calipers on my 05 Cav. Do I need a special size tool like the 3/8" allen wrenches on 1970s GM calipers to remove them? Or will a good old fashioned wrench or socket do the trick?

I did search but found nothing about any special tools needed. I do appreciate your help. Yeah yeah, I know. Come around more than once a year!!! :P
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Unread 12-26-2007, 01:20 PM
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it is an allen key yup
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Yeah im not sure on the size but its a hex, a decent size one too. Make sure you hang your caliper so the brake lines dont get bent/broke.
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Come around more than once a year. :lol: j/k

I wish I could remember the allen key size. It's not huge though.
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Yeah im not sure on the size but its a hex, a decent size one too.
Okie dokie. Sounds like it is bigger than the 3/8" hex key that I have in my toolbox.

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Make sure you hang your caliper so the brake lines dont get bent/broke.
Not a problem there. I got plenty of wire coathangers. :) Too bad it is not my 1977 Malibu all over again. I could conveniently nestle the caliper safely on the upper control arm.
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i hang it on the spring perch
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Yeah thats what I did too. Probably the best place to put it.
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It's something like a 1/2 inch. it's a pretty thick allen, I had to borrow my uncles to do mine. :D
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Damn, I REALLY need to visit more!!

But in mid January, I got use of my friend's garage to do the brake job. Oddly enough, the allen wrench size used for his wife's 1999-2002 Z24 convertible was not the same size needed for the removal of my calipers. We find out that the correct size for what I needed was 3/8 inch. That was the exact same size I needed to remove the calipers on my 1977 Malibu! :) And as I mentioned above, I have a 3/8" allen wrench and a 3/8" hex bit for my ratchet.

So for those with the 2005 like mine (maybe for all the Eco years too), the size you need is 3/8." It always is good when one already has the tools they need! :)
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It's something like a 1/2 inch. it's a pretty thick allen, I had to borrow my uncles to do mine. :D
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Damn, I REALLY need to visit more!!

But in mid January, I got use of my friend's garage to do the brake job. Oddly enough, the allen wrench size used for his wife's 1999-2002 Z24 convertible was not the same size needed for the removal of my calipers. We find out that the correct size for what I needed was 3/8 inch. That was the exact same size I needed to remove the calipers on my 1977 Malibu! :) And as I mentioned above, I have a 3/8" allen wrench and a 3/8" hex bit for my ratchet.

So for those with the 2005 like mine (maybe for all the Eco years too), the size you need is 3/8." It always is good when one already has the tools they need! :)
I think it depends on what year you have. I have a pretty big Allen for my guide pins, but at one point thanks to HighRev Motorsports, I ended up missing a bolt. When I went to order new ones, there was a different size. Older cav's should need a bigger key if i'm not mistaken.

I'll have to get pics next time I take my brakes off.
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