Wow. I thought Toyotas were 'expensive'!
Try AutoZone or another good AP store in your area. And, look in the
"HELP!" section of the store. HELP! parts are marketed by Dorman IIRC, and
they may have a Dorman catalogue with more parts available than are on the
And get this: In order to replace the rubber suspension bushings on the
lower cotrol arms for my Supra, I have to replace the WHOLE CONTROL ARM!!!
$210 in order to get parts that should total $75!!
Check at http://www.slhonda.com/ They show a caliper pack which has the
boots and other seals for $17.43. Part no 01463-SDA-A00.
Check with your dealer for the service pack or order on line at the site. SL
Honda is a dealer that sells on line at discounted prices. You may need to
run through the selections as I just dummied up trim levels, etc.
If you hadn't used the wrong grease in the first place, you wouldn't be in
this pickle. Those boots last the life of the car, treated right.
Use "Sil-Glyde" only. Available at your local auto parts store.
they don't crack or split, but they get badly gummed up in my
experience. i don't think sil-glyde is a pure silicone. and of course,
they don't say on the label.
in addition to permatex which is a good over-the-counter assembly lube,
there's some stuff by bendix that's supposed to be good and dow
corning's molykote m77 is i understand oem lube for the sliders.
Do they even make Sil-Glyde anymore? I used to use it regularly and then I
noticed that I could no longer find it in the stores anymore. I looked around
online and I'm prettty sure I read that it had been taken of the market. Am I
mistaken? I haven't seen it in the stores in my area for at least five years.
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not much! the polyproplyene glycol is a thickening agent - used in
toothpaste among other things. the methylated silica is a bulking agent
the p.g. can bind to. not much room for dimethylpolysiloxane [the
silicone] after that!
So then "Sil-Glyde" is more "Glyde" than "Sil". Interesting to know, but
not ultimately of effect on my purchase and use decisions. The stuff is
still excellent. But there was once better....
In my neck of the woods twenty-five years ago there used to be a substance
called "Impac 1000".
It was an extremely effective potion. Unfortunately, efficacy does not
automatically conflate with business success, and Impac 1000 went out of
business. I was therefore forced to fall back on Sil-Glyde.
A Caliper seal kit is $15.23+shipping per side.
I would avoid using non OE parts, the rubber tends not to last as long. As
Tegger noted, use Sil-Glyde silicone grease. AGS,
http://www.agscompany.com , makes two different types. One is "Brake
Lubricant" and the other is regular Sil-Glyde. I'm not sure what the
differences are between the two. If you read the MSDS sheets for the two,
then you'll note that they're very similar. I use regular Sil-Glyde and
have not had a problem with it.
I'm not sure what you're referring to here, but it most certainly does not
get absorbed by the rubber to the point the rubber degrades. That is a
characteristic of petroleum-based anti-seizes.
If Sil-Glyde caused rubber degradation, I think I would have seen that in
20 years of (twice-yearly) use.
I'm sure that's fine too, but there's not a thing wrong with Sil-Glyde.
Sil-Glyde is especially good for wet, salty environments like mine. Since
the stuff is so thick, it is less prone to washing away.
it's possible i had a "dud" tube of the stuff, but the time i used it, i
had occasion to strip my stuff down again a few months later, and all
was gummed to blazes. never had that with a true silicone before. i'd
used it on brake rubber and suspension sway bar bushings. the bushings
were completely stuck solid - the bushings had to be cut off and renewed.
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