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    ok, so i left school today and my brakes were squeking, so i took wheel off, pads are worn out, so i go to parts store and get some and attempt to put them on......took bottom bolt out of caliper(the slide pins that hold it to the bracket) then comes the top bolt, it doesnt have a head on it or a plug or anything in it, i know it has to come off, its froze up so i cant slide caliper to put new pads on, any help on how to get caliper off? also would it be smart to just replace caliper and hardware or to just grease everything and clean up hardware? Thanks

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    get a can of PB blaster....its a rust penetrating fluid. Spray it down real good and try to move it around. Some heat from a small torch might help as well but youd might end up burning the rubber sleeve.

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    you don't need to take off the slider bolts you can take off the caliper bracket that bolts to the spindle to change the pads, they're the two 17mm bolts.
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    The whole purpose of the slide pins is to slide. They need to move back and forth freely. The caliper piston pushes on the inner pad, then the caliper slides and the outer pad contacts the rotor.

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    i finally got both sides off today, both sides were froze up, the pins wouldnt budge, i tried pb blaster, didnt help any, so i ordered two new calipers, they were the original calipers on there and i have sunk the truck in mud on more than on occassion, so i guess it was about time, thanks for all the help guys, maybe this will help with me having a low brake pedal and maybe i can stop from 55mph within a mile now, lol

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    One trick to use. Remove the brake light fuse and depress the brake pedal 1 inch. This will keep the master cylinder full when you swap out the calipers. This will save you time in bleeding. You will only need to bleed the fronts, unless you open the rears.
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