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Old 01-12-2006, 12:14 AM   #1
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well as some of you may know i did my brakes a while back, about a week ago, i didnt use a torque wrench, i simply exerted all force within me using a small box end wrench on everything, because a large wrench wouldnt fit and all of our ratchets were screwed up.

keep in mind ive been driving around for about a week....yesterday as i was coming down the driveway i noticed a strange clunking sound coming from the left front of my car....i pretended i didnt hear it and went on with life.

Today i backed up, and when i hit the brakes the car lurched and clunked and made the most god awful grinding sounds ive ever heard....

I didnt drive it where i was intending to go and as soon as i got back i popped off the left front wheel to have a look around...

One caliper bracket bolt was loose, the top one, and the bottom one......GONE COMPLETELY

so now i have to go try and get a new bolt tomorrow, and im gonna redo BOTH sides and use some thread locker and torque the heck out of them, heck i might even buy a torque wrench one of these days

im just thankful this chose to happen when im backing out of my yard at 5mph instead of screaming down the highway at 95.
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hey that happened to my buddies car, after I did his front brakes....
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boreas has story kinda like this
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Yeah... this happened to me in the work truck. Boss got the brakes fixed on a friday. That monday I left with the truck for New Orleans. Made it to New Orleans with no problem. Was there 3 days, then headed home. Got all the way to just outside buffalo, ny (little over an hour from here) and it started making this horrible sound, so I stopped at the rest stop and called my boss, found a service shop near by, limped it the 3 miles there and 5 hours later they located the part, check all the other work the previous shop did and sent me on my way. Needlesstosay, I was back a little later. BTW, this was a 2001 ford ranger.
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Never torqued the brake caliper bolts and I have done about 7 brake jobs last one was last year on my B-day in Feburary FREEZIN cold and they lasted just fine. Maybe the wrench you were using was just too small to get them tight enough. Just use a regular 3/8 ratchet and tighten them I dont think there is a need to torque them.
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i busted one ratchet trying to get them off to begin with, and all of our ratchets have seen better days, next time ill put a bar on the wrench and torque as best i can...the small wheel well and positioning of the bolts make it difficult to get anything very large in there.
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i busted one ratchet trying to get them off to begin with, and all of our ratchets have seen better days, next time ill put a bar on the wrench and torque as best i can...the small wheel well and positioning of the bolts make it difficult to get anything very large in there.
maybe you should just buy a torque wrench. I would hope that you think your life is worth more than a 100$ torque wrench.
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