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Old 09-10-2009, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default caliper overhaul kit

I was changing my brake pads tonight and, I have no idea how, the boot on my back caliper got torn. Does the caliper overhaul kit from subarugenuineparts include the boot? If so, how do I put the new boot in? Will I have to bleed the brakes after I do it? Here is what it looks like.



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Old 09-11-2009, 08:55 AM   #2
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Nobody? I heard from someone else that this is just the dust boot for the caliper and the seepage is just from the caliper seal. If this is true, is it OK to drive until I get the caliper overhaul kit (I'll be ordering the kit today If I can't find a dealership that carries it)?
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Old 09-11-2009, 09:09 AM   #3
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I wouldn't drive it with seepage like that, but that's just me.

I haven't seen the kit from Subarugenuineparts, so I can't say for sure, but every rebuild kit I've ever seen for a caliper includes both the piston seal and the dust boot. If you are uncomfortable doing that yourself, you could just pick up a reman caliper from Advance for $60 that will also include both slider pins, pin boots, and pad retaining clips.
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Thanks for the advice. How hard is it to replace the dust boot? I would like to do it myself but I don't know the steps.
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Not very complicated, although I've never done a Subaru caliper. Plenty of guides on the net to doing this.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/auto...o/4305927.html
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Thanks for the link. I took your advice and watched a few videos for doing this (although they were all for different cars) and it looks really easy. I'm pretty sure I can do it without having to take the caliper off the car and having to bleed the brakes (I would, but I just got the fluid changed in a service a month ago).
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I'm pretty sure I can do it without having to take the caliper off the car and having to bleed the brakes
Doubtful. The piston seal/piston is what holds back all of the fluid. If you take them out with it still connected to the car, it will make an unholy mess.

Just take the caliper off the car and do it. When you put it back on, bleed that corner again. It shouldn't lose that much fluid.
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I am having a MOTHER of a time trying to get this dust boot back in. I got the boot to sit in the ring of the piston, but I can't get the outer ring with the clip in it to seat inside the lip in the caliper. Does anyone PLEASE have any idea how to do this? I searched and can't find anything. I get it started but that little clip keeps popping out and I can't get it to work.
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You can get the piston seal rebuild kit at any dealership. They don't sell them in singles so you night as well rebuild bith sides
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