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Old 09-10-2021, 04:09 PM   #1
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Hey All, long time no posting, still got my 2007 STI, itís alive and kicking. Today I took it to a mechanic to replace pads and rotors (normally would do it myself but couldnít this time) and they stripped threads on 2 Brembo calipers while unbolting them.Each caliper is around 800 bucks from a dealer and I need to decide what I want to do before Monday. I havenít been to this board in a while and wanted to ask you guys what are my other options nowadays besides getting the new calipers. Thanks!
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Old 09-10-2021, 04:37 PM   #2
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Old 09-10-2021, 05:19 PM   #3
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It's kind of a pain but you can repair it with helicoils.

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Yup, was reviewing sticky posts and found a thread back from like 2006 about it. Too bad most of the links there donít work anymore, so trying to understand what repair kit to buy and where.

Also, spoke with the mechanic about using helicoils and he said there is not much metal around and drilling bigger holes would make the fix unreliable. But Iím guessing since people been fixing Brembo calipers with helicoils for so long, itís gotta be reliable enough or we would know it by know, right?
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Old 09-10-2021, 05:22 PM   #4
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I'm doing a helicoil on my brembos. My tuner quoted me 20 minutes per caliper if all goes well.
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Old 09-10-2021, 05:27 PM   #5
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Yup, was reviewing sticky posts and found a thread back from like 2006 about it. Too bad most of the links there don't work anymore, so trying to understand what repair kit to buy and where.

Also, spoke with the mechanic about using helicoils and he said there is not much metal around and drilling bigger holes would make the fix unreliable. But I'm guessing since people been fixing Brembo calipers with helicoils for so long, it's gotta be reliable enough or we would know it by know, right?
Mechanics say a lot of stuff that isn't always true, more like code word for I don't know or don't want to do it, lol. But yea, the helicoil fix is pretty standard around here. If you go into the comments the thread info for the coils is listed. And ofc you can just go by your caliper bolts.

Btw, why did they remove the calipers to replace pads? I just realized this point, like wtf? You don't need to remove the calipers.
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Old 09-10-2021, 05:50 PM   #6
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Btw, why did they remove the calipers to replace pads? I just realized this point, like wtf? You don't need to remove the calipers.

Most mechanics don't deal with fixed brake calipers (like the FHI 4-pots and Brembos) at all. They will deal with more cars with drum brakes before they work on fixed caliper ones.
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Old 09-10-2021, 05:51 PM   #7
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Most mechanics don't deal with fixed brake calipers (like the FHI 4-pots and Brembos) at all. They will deal with more cars with drum brakes before they work on fixed caliper ones.
Stop making excuses for idiots. There's this thing even mechanics are capable of doing, called research or google.
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Stop making excuses for idiots. There's this thing even mechanics are capable of doing, called research or google.

This response was uncalled for.


Completely.


I just made a simple observation. If you have beef with what the mechanic did, take it up with them.
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Old 09-12-2021, 12:59 PM   #9
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This response was uncalled for.


Completely.


I just made a simple observation. If you have beef with what the mechanic did, take it up with them.
A stupid observation that does what for the OP?

Let's take a look at your post. The mechanic seriously damages the OP's calipers, then leaves him with NO options for repair except buying new ones. And then you have the ****ing gall to suggest that the mechanic probably never worked on fixed calipers in 2021 when a **** ton of cars come with them? Contrarian much?

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Old 09-12-2021, 05:03 PM   #10
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Hmm, after doing more research it seems that Time-Sert is better than Helicoil, more reliable. Does anyone know why Helicoil was chosen to fix Brembo calipers?
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Old 09-13-2021, 07:35 AM   #11
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Mechanics say a lot of stuff that isn't always true, more like code word for I don't know or don't want to do it, lol. But yea, the helicoil fix is pretty standard around here. If you go into the comments the thread info for the coils is listed. And ofc you can just go by your caliper bolts.

Btw, why did they remove the calipers to replace pads? I just realized this point, like wtf? You don't need to remove the calipers.
It was pads and rotors, not just pads. I wish Iíd known about this problem before, Iíd WD-40 the heck out of those f-n bolts and would let it sit for like a week.
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Hmm, after doing more research it seems that Time-Sert is better than Helicoil, more reliable. Does anyone know why Helicoil was chosen to fix Brembo calipers?
Probably because the name "Helicoil" has become so synonymous with female thread repair that it has come to identify the repair itself. Kind of like "aspirin", if you know what I mean.


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cost and how much prep is needed for the timesert repair...
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I Hulked my threads out from my calipers and used helicoils. Worked just fine.
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Old 09-18-2021, 09:05 PM   #15
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ok, thanks everyone, snapped threads got repaired with helicoils, calipers reinstalled and the car is back on the road. Wish I had known about helicoils and time certs before it happened, would have saved me some headache and money
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