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1995 Lincoln towncar rear brake caliper bolt bit size

I am haveing trouble finding the right bit size for the bolt to remove the calipers on the rear of my towncar. If anyone can help I would sure appreciate it, the car is just sitting while I try to find the answer.....thanks.

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  • rgill_44 Dec 04, 2008

    it looks like an allen....but all the standard sizes doesn't fit....i.e 5/16, 1/4, 3/8 or 7 or 8mm. Any other suggestions.

  • rgill_44 Dec 06, 2008

    just to let you know it turned out to be a 7 mm allen.....thanks for all the help.

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Isn't it an allen wrench you need?

Posted on Dec 04, 2008

  • dan Dec 05, 2008

    yes, it's probably a star wrench. if can look closely , it'll have about 7 pionts. if that isn't it you could always go with the good ol' vise grips. good luck ( they can't make anything simple anymore)

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    1. syn~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: To prevent interference with rear disc brake caliper operation, install only the correct caliper bolt.
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  6. syn~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Do not remove the guide pins or guide pin boots unless a problem is suspected. The guide pins are meant to be sealed for life and are not repairable. Use Silicone Brake Caliper Grease and Dielectric Compound D7AZ-19A331-A (Motorcraft WA-10) or an equivalent silicone compound meeting Ford specification ESE-M1C171-A for re-lubing the caliper slide pins. Other greases can swell the guide pin boots, resulting in contamination and accelerated corrosion or wear of the caliper slide pin mechanism.
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