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Old 13 Jul 2019, 06:32 pm
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Default Need Help with a Chevy Brake Job

Afternoon!

I've been doing a brake job on the wife's '01 Chevy Lumina. After many adventures doing my first drum brakes, I went and started on the front. Being the good little bit I am, I was going to replace the rubber slide pin boots, and after forcing the old ones and their metal ring out, I had to push the new ones and the new metal ring in. Problem is, I can't get that new metal ring to seat into the caliper mounting bracket. I've tried putting a big socket onto it, a giant c clamp, a big pipe wrench, everything! All it does is deform the metal ring and or rip the boot. Does anyone have any ideas?? I'm at my wit's end, and considering taking just the bracket and the bushings to a mechanic and paying them to push it in for me. Any ideas?? I've got the brake job all but done, save for this, and the wife needs her car back. Thanks in advance!!! I know it's not a Chrysler, but I'm hoping y'all can help!
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Old 14 Jul 2019, 06:03 am
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its probably the wrong one... check all your resources for the part number. (internet) as far as getting wrong parts- join the club! you just cant rely on some parts people or yourself anymore without extensive research, it sucks but....
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Can you post a photo? I've done a lot of brake jobs, but not so much on Bowties. Last one was an 87 Astro van (POS) that I had a couple of years. I don't recall any "ring".
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Old 16 Jul 2019, 08:57 pm
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My friend who works at a local Toyota dealership had one of their techs tap them into place using a hydraulic press and a socket. Toyota used a similar design back in the early 2000's. After that, it was very simple to finish the job.
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