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Old 08-06-2010, 10:14 PM
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'95 W124 Caliper removal problem...HELP!

Started this project way too late this evening and NOW this...

The two 19mm bolts holding the caliper on have been saturated for the last hour with PB Blaster but THEY WON"T BUDGE. Granted, I am using a 3/8 drive swivel head ratchet without any leverage (pipe) so may need to wait until morning to get something for leverage.

In the meantime, anyone have a good suggestion? BTW - part of the car is sticking out of the garage preventing the door from being closed! May have to call the local police dept to see if they will do several drive-by runs overnight!

Thanks for any suggestions...

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Old 08-06-2010, 10:16 PM
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Rubber mallet, box-end wrench. Has never failed to remove caliper bolts.

I was going to the auction in Franklin this morning, ...
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:18 PM
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Rubber mallet, box-end wrench. Has never failed to remove caliper bolts.

I was going to the auction in Franklin this morning, ...
That may work for the lower one but not sure I can get on the upper...
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Started this project way too late this evening and NOW this...

The two 19mm bolts holding the caliper on have been saturated for the last hour with PB Blaster but THEY WON"T BUDGE. Granted, I am using a 3/8 drive swivel head ratchet without any leverage (pipe) so may need to wait until morning to get something for leverage.

In the meantime, anyone have a good suggestion? BTW - part of the car is sticking out of the garage preventing the door from being closed! May have to call the local police dept to see if they will do several drive-by runs overnight!

Thanks for any suggestions...

Take a propane torch to the bolt head for a minute or so, it won't get too hot, it won't effect the heat treatment of the bolt or anything like that, it will soften the blue threadlock on the bolt's threads and then you can remove it much easier.

Of course don't have an open container of gasoline there, no gieant pile of cotton balls or anything else subject to bursting into flames when ignited!
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I used a 1/2 breaker bar with short extension on mine.
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:11 AM
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Take a propane torch to the bolt head for a minute or so, it won't get too hot, it won't effect the heat treatment of the bolt or anything like that, it will soften the blue threadlock on the bolt's threads and then you can remove it much easier.

Of course don't have an open container of gasoline there, no gieant pile of cotton balls or anything else subject to bursting into flames when ignited!
That's exactly (well, almost - I used MAP gas !) what I did to break them free. Thanks guys.
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1988 260e Sedan 135K
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If you're going to work on your car, you'll need some 1/2" drive tools. This is a great time to start buying them.
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Dale, I use a 19mm 6-point socket with a 1/2" drive breaker bar to loosen caliper/bracket bolts.

After removing the tire turn the steering wheel to provide better access to front caliper bolts and caliper mounting bracket bolts.
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:36 AM
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AIR TOOLS!!!! ok, so its two words but, really, get a 12 gal compressor off craigslist and a couple air tools and you'll be golden

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