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Brake Caliper Guide pins

While doing brakes on my 2006 (2005 when you buy parts it was noticed that on one side the part on the caliper mounting bracket turns and on the other side doesn't. I think these are called - not sure - ((Brake Caliper Guide Pins)). Can anyone tell me which is correct - Should these turn or not? LAZY ONE
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While doing brakes on my 2006 (2005 when you buy parts it was noticed that on one side the part on the caliper mounting bracket turns and on the other side doesn't. I think these are called - not sure - ((Brake Caliper Guide Pins)). Can anyone tell me which is correct - Should these turn or not? LAZY ONE
They way you have phrased your question is kinda confusing. If I understand it correctly, I believe there are two (guide pins) that locate the caliper in place. They have threads on them at the upper end and are screwed in place to hold the caliper and allow the pads, etc. to ride in/out on them. So my answer would be NO, the pins should bottom out per the threads and remain stationary and not be turning.
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They way you have phrased your question is kinda confusing. If I understand it correctly, I believe there are two (guide pins) that locate the caliper in place. They have threads on them at the upper end and are screwed in place to hold the caliper and allow the pads, etc. to ride in/out on them. So my answer would be NO, the pins should bottom out per the threads and remain stationary and not be turning.
Thank you moscooter for your reply. So, if I understand, should one side be turning, that side, with the loose pins, should be tightened. LAZY ONE
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It is kind of confusing -- so here goes

The guide pins should be capable of rotating AFTER the mounting bolt is loosened.
Sometimes when removing the mounting bolt, due to friction between the mounting bolt threads and the guide pin threads, the guide pin WILL rotate while trying to remove the caliper. The guide pin on all vehicles is designed with two or six flats so that it can be held with an open end wrench. (you tube shows one with two flats) - pictures illustrate that the SSR guide pins are hexagonal so you can use either an open end or box end wrench.

Pictures #1& #2 show the guide pin highlighted in green and the mounting bolt in red. Notice the guide pin is hexagonal (sorry, I don't recall the size)
A step normally forgotten by DIYers is to remove, clean and lubricate the guide pins. If these are seized the outboard brake pad will drag and wear prematurely. Normally I use caliper lube or even dielectric grease to lubricate these after cleaning with brake clean. The flats on the guide pins may also have to be held with a wrench to torque the mounting bolts down to the 31 lb. ft recommendation.

The following video shows removing the guide pins when replacing caliper - this style is is slightly different than the SSR because the flats are held by the caliper --- ours your need to use an additional wrench. Best video I could find in a short search time explaining the importance of lubricating the guide pins.

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Try this one, it shows the process for the SSR https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/f5/...lation-246513/

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Try this one, it shows the process for the SSR https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/f5/...lation-246513/
Thank you DUH I should have searched with SSR _ I forgot he did one on brake pads.
His videos are great and this does show the use of the extra wrench!
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