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Old 12-21-2001, 10:33 AM   #1
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Default What type of grease do I use on the Caliper Bracket Guide pins???

I had my Caliper Brackets Nickel/Zinc plated. I had to remove the guide pins. Now I am ready to clean and regrease them and need to use the right lubricant.

I have a tube of White lithium grease. Will this be ok for that purpose?

The manual makes no mention of the grease type needed...
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Old 12-21-2001, 10:45 AM   #2
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The best product to use is a silicone based grease. Your auto parts store should have several types available made specifically for brake applications. It will not harden with age or heat. When assembling, also be sure to put a small amount at the points where the pads seat in the bracket and where the caliper meets the backing plate of the pads. This will go a long way towards keeping them quiet.
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Old 12-21-2001, 11:06 AM   #3
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CHJ is right; use silicone grease or "dielectric" grease and you will be OK. :)
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Old 12-21-2001, 11:13 AM   #4
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Chuckster;

I recently bought some synthetic brake caliiper grease. It's made by CRC and the part No. on the package is SL33011. Their number is 800-521-3168, if you want to call ablut where you can get it in your area. This product looks real good for what you have in mind. :yesnod:
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Old 12-21-2001, 11:22 AM   #5
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Guys I don't need grease for the pads...

These are the actual Guide PINS that go into the caliper Brackets. It's the pin that the Caliper bolts get bolted into. I suspect it needs to be a high temp grease.
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Old 12-21-2001, 11:46 AM   #6
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TTT
I am right in the middle of this project....I guess I can't go wrong with wheel bearing grease...
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Old 12-21-2001, 12:07 PM   #7
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Wheel bearing grease is exactly what you don't want on those pins. You need a high temp silicone brake grease, not dielectric grease.

GM make a very good lube for brakes, but comes in a very large tube. You can try Permatex's Ultra Disc Brake Caliper Lube P/N 20356 which comes in those little squeeze tubes and is very good.

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Old 12-21-2001, 12:15 PM   #8
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Chevy manual says silicone grease.
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Old 12-21-2001, 02:09 PM   #9
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These are the Guide pins that go into the the caliper BRACKET. They are 3 inches long. This question has noting to do with the brake pads...

Sorry, for the rant. I can't explain it any better than I have.


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Old 12-21-2001, 02:19 PM   #10
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That was the question I answered.
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Hey Chuckster, I can't be more precise, the CRC synthetic brake calaper grease that I recommended IS a high temperature grease that is suitable for the guide pins or any other part that need lubrication on your brakes. I think we all know what you are talking about, and are trying to provide good advice. For pete's sake don't use axle grease or regular grease on the pins. Use the high them CRC grease that I originally recommended. It will work fine. Believe me, I have used this grease. :cool:
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Old 12-21-2001, 03:36 PM   #12
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Or you could try K-Y jelly.

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For pete's sake don't use axle grease
I think he should not use it for Chuck's sake :D
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Old 12-21-2001, 03:54 PM   #13
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Right you are PeteL. Happy Hollidays :D :D :D :D :D
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Default Re: What type of grease do I use on the Caliper Bracket Guide pins??? (Jim 47)

Jim, I found 450 Degree Silicone grease at Ace Hardware. Is this OK????


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Old 12-21-2001, 10:36 PM   #15
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Actually I've found 450 degree silicone lubricant is a dual purpose lubricant, works much better then KY. :lol:
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Old 12-21-2001, 11:10 PM   #16
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I use Permatex Anti-Seize compound on my calipers. I put it on the pins and at all points where two metal surfaces will slide across each other. This includes the pad mounting points on each end and for the C5 in the center of the backing plate where the caliper spring touches the plate. The Permatex stuff is good for exhaust system parts and stays slippery. Advance Auto Parts sells a different anti-seize compound that should not be used since it gums up after a while.
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Old 12-21-2001, 11:18 PM   #17
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That's very interesting, but you are using the wrong goo. These parts require a very high temp lubricant, not anti-sieze. If you read the shop manual and listen to the posts when somebody asks, you will find that there is the correct product for the job. Using this knowledge will prevent future posts that contains topics like: I rebuilt my brakes last year, why does my car pull to the right and the pads are not wearing evenly? :D
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Old 12-21-2001, 11:26 PM   #18
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Pete,
I have been using this stuff on all of my cars and trucks for over twenty years and have never had a problem. When I have replaced pads after several winters of running through salt and sand I have always found the Permatex Anti-Seize to be still slippery and it kept the areas where it was used from rusting and preventing the caliper from freezing up. Biggest problem is getting the stuff off if you get it in the wrong place. If it can take 1300 degree exhaust heat it sure can take 1000 degree brake pad heat. That is also why I said to use the Permatex Anti-Seize and not some other brand.
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Old 12-21-2001, 11:44 PM   #19
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Bill, can't argue with experience. I've never tried a really good anti-seize as a brake component lube. If this can take exhaust temps it must have the little glass beads in it, which is interesting to consider in a brake application.

To eat some crow, that's why we all read the forums! :D
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Is it ok to use 450 degree silicone grease
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