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Driver side caliper overheating

I own a 2000 chevy z71 I had changed the brake pads and rotors on the back now my driver side caliper is overheating and turning the rotor colours should I change my caliper or can that caliper be fixed?

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  • pete griffen
    pete griffen Apr 19, 2009

    I heard that I can just take it apart and clean it, is that a hard job to do? and I was mud bogging at the time when it happend could that have been the cause?

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The caliper can be fixed, but replacement may be more advantageous. Let's you sleep good at night, knowing this same problem won't reoccur.

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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    joecoolvette Apr 19, 2009

    Yes, 'mud bogging' would collect mud, in-between the caliper piston, and the metal backing of the brake pad. This keeps the brake pad tight up against the rotor.

    Hard job to do? Depends on your 'skills'.

    1.Work on a hard level flat surface. Chock BOTH front tires, using the chock in Front of the tire.

    2.Loosen the lug nuts of the left rear wheel.

    3..Jack the back of the truck up, using a floor jack under the differential housing. Suggest you use hard wood block, in-between the differential housing, and the jack lift plate. Jack the truck high enough so that the rear tires clear the hard surface you're working on, by two inches.
    You don't want your tires to stay two inches, off of the hard flat surface you're working on, but you have to lift high enough at first, for the jack stands. Sugest you try to put those tires at 1 inch up.

    AT ALL times, do NOT be under the truck, nor in a spot that you cannot jump back out of the way, in case the jack fails!

    4.Insert a good, strong, jack stand, under the differential housing
    tube' area, and as close to the outside of the truck as allowable.
    Come in from the side of the truck. Be aware where the fender is.
    Have a planned route of escape in case the jack fails.

    May seem like I'm going overboard with the safety advice, BUT
    ABOVE ALL ELSE, I want YOU to be SAFE!

    Judge how high you may need to extend the jack stand up, or down. Judge in your mind, where when the axle tube rests on the jack stand, so that the tire will still clear the ground.
    Adjust the jack stand appropriately.
    Do the same for the other side.

    If the jack stands look like the axle tube will rest on them evenly, =>Check Again. (Top of jack stand has a width to it's support. Judge that the axle tube will rest right in the middle of it)
    More than one vehicle has fallen on someone who got in a hurry, or didn't check that the jack stands were even, and in the proper position.

    5.Remove the tire. Don't have it right up against the truck, and Don't sit on it. Should the truck fall in some way, you'll be trapped sitting on that tire!
    Have a small rubber bungee strap ready, or a wire clothes hangar that has been opened into one straight wire.

    On the end end of the caliper are bolts. The head of the bolt is on the inside. The head will either have a Hex shape, or a Star shape hole. You use a Hex key, (Also called Allen wrench), on the hex shaped hole, or a Torx socket, (or wrench), on the star shaped hole.

    -> Facing the rotor, the bolt is turned to the Right. Clockwise.
    Remove both bolts. You may find they are semi-stuck in there. Take a small punch, and lightly tap them out. Tap from the rotor outside, towards the inside of the truck.

    BEFORE you take the last bolt out, attach that rubber bungee cord, or the opened clothes hangar, to the caliper. When you remove the caliper off of the rotor, you are going to hang the caliper up.

    This way you can work on cleaning the caliper, the rotor, and the rest of the backing plate assembly, with both hands.
    While you're there, make sure no rocks have wedged in-between the backing plate, and the rotor. Check the rubber part of your brake lines. Check the hard steel part of your brake lines.

    Brake failure is no laughing matter, should you wake up in the hospital, or find you have accidentally killed someone, because your brakes wouldn't stop you when needed.

    When everything is clean, reverse your steps. The caliper bolts should be torqued, when put back in. Use a torque wrench, and the specified amount of torque.

    When installing the tire/wheel back on, the lug nuts should be torques also.

    BE SAFE, work smart!


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