I've got a caliper bolt that's stripped and won't come off the front
passenger side of a 99 Ford Taurus. I've tried vice grips but the head of
the bolt is stripped so badly the grips roll right off once I try to turn
them. It isn't one of the bigger mounting bolts, it's the lower one of the
smaller pin bolts (I guess they're called).
The stripped bolt never came out, but I managed to replace the pads anyway.
Once I got the top bolt out the caliper swung outward allowing it to be
taken off that way. How dangerous is driving around with the stripped
bolt? I mean, that suckers in there good.
Does it NEED to come out now that I done what I needed to do anyway?
Something I've noticed during this whole ordeal:
Repair shops are horrible uncooperative with do-it-yourself'ers. Seems
they don't want to tell you anything, and just want you to "bring her in"
so they can "really see what needs to be done".
On Sun, 10 Jul 2005 09:30:15 -0500, Jackson Wallace
As long as you haven't messed up the head of it enough to weaken it
you should be ok to just leave it alone.
Repair shops are in business to make money. Paying someone $20 an
hour to sit on the phone telling people how to repair their own cars
does not accomplish that goal and opens them up to huge liability
issues. You can thank our litigous society for their lack of
As to your other questions:
There is no 20 second time on the caliper moving. It will stay in
whatever position you put it in until hydraulic pressure makes it
move. They make caliper spreaders that make it an easy job to open
the caliper back up to replace the pads. About $5 at your friendly
auto parts store.
Did you let all the fluid run out of the master cylinder? You have to
at least bleed the front brakes before you drive the car again or you
won't have any front brakes. If you let all the fluid run out of the
master then it needs to be removed and bench bled and there may also
be special bleeding procedures for the anti lock system depending on
what car you have.
is generic instructions to bleed a master.
Instructions to bleed brakes
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