One of the caliper mounts on my Sable won't "accordian" in, therefore I
can't install new brake pads. I tried compressing it with a 4" clamp and
broke the cast frame of the clamp! I tried tapping it with a hammer, then
hitting it harder, then finally bashing it but it remains fully extended.
This is the mounting bolt with the rubber casing, not the caliper itself.
Suggestions greatly appreciated.
? The two mounting bolts are screwed into a rubber sleeve assembly that's
supposed to compress and then retract as the pads wear. I can't compress
the one of the sleeves. The other one compressed no problem.
Something seems to be lost in the translation.
Those two "Pins" need to be removed, then the calliper is removed to
change the pads. These pins will have a hex or allen fitting embedded
in the end of the pins. Then they just screw out like bolts (with the
Are you saying that you have the proper tool to unscrew the pin and its
stuck? Are they both stuck?. Once the pins are out, you pry one end of
the calliper out of the cast mount and it should come out.
The Haynes manual doesn't say anything about this. BTW, it's a 97 Sable
and it's rear disc brakes we're talking about. Two mounting bolts hold the
caliper assembly in place. Replacing the pads is simple, or at least
should be. Once the bolts are remover the caliper slides off the rotor and
the pads simply slide into plade in the remaining brake housing. Then the
caliper needs to be compressed, and the mounting bolt assemblies need to be
compressed so the caliper slide back in place over the new pads. Maybe
going to the scrap yard and getting a replacement caliper assembly is the
solution. I thought maybe someone had experienced this before and had a
Now we know the type of mounting you have. The caliper mounts to the slide
with the bellows) and the slide fits into the caliper mount, correct?. The slide
siezed. You may have to heat it slightly to get it out. Replace BOTH slides, and
clean\lube both bores.
This is fairly common on Taurus\Sable.
I'm confused - do you mean you need to seat the caliper piston into the
caliper bore? If so, you need a caliper adjusting tool to rotate the piston
clockwise to mount the new pads for clearance on the rotor. The old C-clamp
on the rear brakes won't do it - the piston won't move. Be sure to adjust
the position of the piston so one of the notches on its face will align with
the tab on the inner brake pad backing plate. If you are good - and don't
particularly need skin on your knuckles - you can rotate the piston with a
pair of needle nose pliers.
I used the pliers once but now have the $8 tool that you can get at
sears. Also pumping the breaks 50 times is supposed to relieve the
system pressure, allowing the piston to be rotated in easier.
Sounds like you described the slide correctly. How does one remove the
slide? Is it screwed in? It doesn't appear to be? And there's no head
that would accept a wrench. I guess vice grips would do the trick, but
is that really what I should do?
Yes, vise grips and probably heat. If you broke a C-clamp, vise grips alone
won't do it. Soak it good with penetrant over a couple of days. If it won't move
it. It may be easier to remove the entire bracket and find a used one. Yours
be stuck pretty good. The slide should slide in and out of the bracket freely.
Like I said...go to the junkyard and get another bracket. the caliper will
probably come with it, but maybe you can talk him down without the caliper
If anything is stuck that bad, it's not worth screwing with
- Yes, I'm a crusty old geezer curmudgeon.. deal with it! -
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