Re: what size tools do i need to take of front caliper
What kind of car first of all...and I would guess u are gonna need something in metric since most new cars are metric sizes. if metric doesn't seem to fit then try american sizes..and just to make sure in case a ratchet and socket can't do it ..then a box wrench or open end wrench..both metric of course..
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I'm not sure of the size. I have an allen socket made for GM brake calipers!! But i would guess it is a metric size, maybe a 12 mm. Call an auto parts store and they can pull the tool and tell you with a phone call. Good luck.
There are some Torx bits which are more difficult to find. It may be the T45. Some are available only in complete sets.
Harbor Freight has some cheap sets with Lifetime guarantees. A good autoparts store may have individual bits. Check out the separate Lysle and Leslie Tool racks which are usually behind the parts counters.
Sears sells individual tools. There is also the possibility that the Torx are Metric. Sears has Catalog tool magazines which have S-K Wayne, Falcom, and a few foreign makers. Lowes and Home Depot have guaranteed tools also.
The oil drain plug is a 13 mm. The tools for the brakes, a 10 mm socket for the caliper pins, a flat head screwdriver, or a meduim size prybat to get the calipers out of the mounting bracket, and a 4" C-clamp to compress the pistons into the calipers so you can put the new pads on.
2 CALIPER BOLTS EITHER A REGULAR WRENCH OR 3/8 ALLEN WRENCH. MEDIUM SIZE C-CLAMP TO PUSH IN THE CYLINDER ON THE CALIPER , AND HIGH TEMP BRAKE GREASE TO PUT ON CALIPER BOLTS WHEN RETIGHTENING. HOPE THIS HELPS CRAIG. HERES A LINK TO LOOK AT I FOUND TOO!!
Proper size wrenches and a large C-clamp to push piston back into the caliper is only tools for the front, but back disk brakes require special tool to TURN the piston as it is pushed back into caliper to reset emergency brake. This tool can often be borrowed from Auto parts store or purchased from Harbor Freight http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=40732 for about $20. Don't try to service rear disks without the tool, Calipers can be broken if not retracted properly!
Once the wheels are off you will need metric sockets and possibly metric wrenches.I believe the sizes are 10mm in rear to get the calipers off and 13mm in front. but have a range of metric sockets available. You will also need a c-clamp or large channel lock pliers to compress the caliper piston back into the caliper on the front and rear befoer installing the new brake pads and caliper back onto the vehicle.
Good luck with the repair.