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Old 11-20-2005, 12:07 AM   #1
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Tried to replace my rotors last nighton the 2000 ssei. Darn bolts holding the calipers to the strut were too tight I couldn't budge them. Anybody got any tricks or ideas to get these things off??? My 99 Grandprix'* came off no problem but the Bonnie'* are on there good! I'm afraid of stripping the bolt, plus I can't get much leverage on the tools to turn it? Would an impact gun help any?
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Tried to replace my rotors last nighton the 2000 ssei. Darn bolts holding the calipers to the strut were too tight I couldn't budge them. Anybody got any tricks or ideas to get these things off??? My 99 Grandprix'* came off no problem but the Bonnie'* are on there good! I'm afraid of stripping the bolt, plus I can't get much leverage on the tools to turn it? Would an impact gun help any?
did you try turning the steering wheel twards the side u were working on so u have more room for leverage? a good penetrating oil or torching the bolt would probably get it off, just watch the brake line.
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Use a long breaker bar.
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I would not use heat in this area to free them up. A decent breaker bar (like mentioned above) and a 5lb hammer will do the trick everytime. When I did my brakes, I used my 1/2" ratchet and just gave it a few whacks with my hammer to break it loose.
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I would soak them several times with liquid wrench, let sit over night, then use a persuader (breaker bar). I would definitely be using nothing smaller than 1/2" ratchets & sockets.
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I often use a 22oz. hammer and a 3/8" rachet. Couple quick taps and they're right out.
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Agreed...I usually hit with my hand to try and start...when that fails I get the ratchet on there and hit it with a hammer.

Make sure of two things. Always hit the correct way, with fingers safe. And always use a ratchet that carries a lifetime replacement.
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All great tips, I'll try what ever works.......getting tired of the pulsing braking off the highway, thanks guys for the suggestions. I'll report back with my sucess!
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Got the pass front off and done.....now 2 broken bits latter (3/8'") still trying to get the drivers side off.....I'm going to go buy a better heavier bit....and the breaker bar trick worked.
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