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Brake caliper I was driving and i noticed a rattling in my driver's front tire take it off and notice my caliper was shaking. it moves back and forth about 3/4 in. is it as easy as tightening a bolt? it does not specify anything in the haynes general manual i have.

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It could be as easy as that. Definitely check your mounting bolts. Check to see if your caliper is collapsing back rather than staying close to the rotor as well.

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