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Old 04-12-2003, 05:42 PM   #1
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Default Ugh! What did I do now? Help needed...stripped threads in caliper

Well I got my rotors in this past week and figured I'd install them for this weekends auto-x. Of course the first 3 go as planned, no problems installing rotors/pads...on the last side, not sure if I overtightened or cross-threaded, but the 2 bolts that hold the caliper in place just won't tighten....I can tighten with fingers to a point and then when I use the socket wrench it springs back and goes round and round. The bolt threading seems fine, but I'm going to pick up some new bolts tomorrow and hope that they will work. If not what options do I have? I'd rather not buy 4 pots, but it could give me a justifiable reason to Since it is the front brakes the car is out of commission until it can be resolved. No auto-x tomorrow

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Old 04-12-2003, 09:57 PM   #2
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Nirmit, stick your head into the wheel well looking from the back of the caliper bracket with a light and see if the threads to the caliper mount holes are stripped.
If the hardware is fine and not stripped, considering you used the factory bolts, the its the bolt holes which are stripped.
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Old 04-12-2003, 11:29 PM   #3
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Last resort.. would be use a heli-coil..

You would just have to drill out the hole a bit.. tap it with the tap that comes in the kit, and thread in heli-coil..

Just take the bolt into a autoparts/hardware store and see if they can match thread and pitch.


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Old 04-13-2003, 12:53 AM   #4
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the part you are trying to thread into spins freely unless it locks itself against the caliper. Most likely you did not cross thread it if the bolt threads are ok. Pull the caliper & inspect the female threads. If you need to chase the threads then go get the correct tap or thread chaser from auto parts/sears or store of your choice. once you have fixed the threads or are convinced that they are ok then just start it by hand and use a plyers to hold that pin untill it gets hold.

I hope this helps you and that you did not cross thread, I doubt you did.
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