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Front Brake Job/ tools

Hello does anyone know what size wrench I need to take off the brake calipers? I am traveling for work and do not have acces to my tools so I only want to buy exactly what I need. thanks for your help.

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    I have a friend that is willing to fix my front brake pads but wants to know what size bolt is to the caliber? What tools and sizes will we need. please help
    ....single mom....

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I believe the wrench is either 12mm or 13mm.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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Just buy a cheap set of wrenches the will get the job done

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