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Caliper Slide Pin Overhaul - Plus All Models (i Think?)


Caliper Slide Pin Overhaul

Disclaimer: As always, this is a guide only and I accept no responsibility for any damage or injury that maybe sustained through following these guidelines.

One thing that was really annoying me was when driving at low speeds, the slightest bump would give a rattling noise from the front of the car. The culprit being the worn/rusted slide pins allowing the caliper to move slightly and the metal on metal ,slide pin and caliper mount, clanking together.

Tools required (excluding wheel removal):

1. Large screwdriver or lever

2. 17mm open ended spanner

3. 14mm ring spanner

4. Copper grease

5. Hammer

6. 21mm socket

7. flat blade screwdriver or chisel.

OK, now down to the nitty gritty. Jack up vehicle and support on axle stands, please see this topic for wheel removal etc --> clicky

1. At this point it is easier for access if you turn the wheel, although this is not neccesary it made photographing easier too. You now need to undo and remove the bolts on the slide pins at the top and botton of the caliper. you will need a 14mm spanner on the bolt on the rear, and a 17mm open ended spanner to hold the slide pin to stop it turning. You may not need the 17mm spanner, it depends on how free the bolt unscrews. You don't want the rubber boots twisting too much so have the 17mm available just in case.





2. You now need to push the pistons back slightly so that the calipers come off easier. I use a large screwdriver through the piston and into one of the disc vents. Lever towards yourself to push the pistons back slightly.


3. Now remove the caliper


4. Support the caliper (I use an axle stand).


for the rest of the overhaul, I have removed the caliper mount to make it easier to photograph

5. The caliper mount showing the dust boot. The slide pins just pull out. If the grease has hardened, they can be hard to budge. A bit of penetrating oil helps free them up a bit and aid removal.


6. We need to remove and renew the boot if it is damaged or split. I used an old chisel and a hammer to remove.




7. Now we need to put the new dust boot on. For this you need to thread the rubber boot into a 21mm socket. Make sure the whole of the rubber part is inside the socket and the socket is resting on the metal washer.




8. Now offer up the socket and boot to the caliper mount and using a hammer gently tap it in. Be careful that you don't catch the rubber boot between the socket and washer/caliper mount.



9. Now the new slide pins. One is referred to as the Main slide, the other as the sub. Not sure why but there you go, the "main" is the one with the indent around the tip. This will hold the bush, which is just a rubber ring in reality and is slipped over the "main" slide pin,




10. Now just apply lithium grease to the pin and slide it in.


Re-assembly is just the reverse of the removal. Slide pin bolt torque is 34 Nm (25 ft lbs).

Any questions, please shout.

Part numbers for fronts:

2 x 47715-22070 Pin, Cylinder Slide

2 x 47715-30060 Pin, Cylinder Slide

2 x 47769-50010 Bush, Cylinder Slide

2 x 47775-30070 Bush Dust

Part numbers for rears:

2 x 47715-22070 Pin, Cylinder Slide

2 x 47715-22080 Pin, Cylinder Slide

2 x 47769-50010 Bush, Cylinder Slide

2 x 47775-30070 Bush Dust

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Thanks to the OP for a great, clear guide!

I wanted to add that it is worth cleaning out the slide pin "holes" with a cotton bud stick (raid the missus' beauty products!) and WD40.

As the OP states, it's worth removing the caliper bracket to see what you are doing.

Make sure you have spare bushes & boots, anti-squeal shims and sliding pins - I've just changed my Pads and both bottom sliding pins had seized (one bad, the other not so bad) - there's nothing worse than getting everything off the car to find you can't complete the job and may not be able to temporarily put things back together! All parts will need to be ordered so will take a day or two to arrive!

2 points for Gen II RX owners (2003-2006) - my sliding pin dust boots were all rubber (no metal collar) - when I ordered the parts from Toyota/Lexus, they the shipped boots in this guide and they don't fit...

Also, the bolts that hold the sliding pins to the caliper are shaped so they will not turn as you undo them, so you don't need the ring spanner!

Other than the above everything is the same. Good luck with your pad changing!


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