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Removing calipers from a 1997 T-Bird..

I need to replace front disc-pads and have the disc turned on my 97 Bird.. How do I remove the bolts holding the front calipers on a '97 T-bird? I've tried T-45 with a socket drive and vise-grips but I'm close to stripping the bolt all to hell. I can't put a torch on it and I don't have an air-drill.. What's my options besides take it to a brake shop?

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  • destindave Jul 20, 2009

    That's what I would have thought too Roberz but the Haynes manual picture looked enough like Torx that I got a mirror out and checked. Sure enough they are T-45 and it fits very snug in the hole. After your post I got under the car and double-checked myself (and Haynes) - still Torx..
    I guess they're just frozen up so I made an appt for tomorrow morning to have the car in the shop. I hate to pay someone else for what I've always been able to do myself but getting old and disabled has it's downsides...hehe.. Thanks for looking!


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Those bolts should be allen head bolts and NOT torx (star shaped). With a torx bit in that hole all u will do is mess up a torx bit and the flats for the allen wrenches to grab onto. Try using a 10 or 12 mm( cant remeber which it is) allen head wrench.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

  • Rob Bruce Jul 20, 2009

    Ok my friend. Side note here and just a note. When you have the socket on the bolt, Drivers side, for removal push down on the ratchet handle and passenger side pull up. Easy mistake to make as I do it every time I do brake work in my shop. the ol D'OH!

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