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    NIGHTSURFER is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    What size socket and tool needed

    Im replacing rear wheel assimbly on 1996 eldorado do I have to remove caliper if so what tool do I need. also can someone tell me what size socket to use none of mine fit tight and dont want to strip it.
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    Re: What size socket and tool needed

    The car is metric specified. you need both a set of metric sockets AND open/box ends.

    Yes, the caliper and mounting bracket has to come off and there are special hoops to jump through there, too.

    Many brake/wheel/hub/suspension repairs on these cars are botched due to insufficient preparation on the procedures and torque values to follow.

    The first "tool" you need is a GM shop manual from eBay, www.helminc.com or a subscription to www.alldatadiy.com.

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    Re: What size socket and tool needed

    Do have metric an 11 is to small and a 12 is to big

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    Re: What size socket and tool needed

    Don't have an answer for that knotty problem - weird.

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    Corrosion buildup on the head of the bolt?

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    Re: What size socket and tool needed

    got the bolt out what tool do i need to take the pin out

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    Re: What size socket and tool needed

    Quote Originally Posted by NIGHTSURFER View Post
    got the bolt out what tool do i need to take the pin out
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    no offense intended -
    but it sounds like you are in WAY over your head -
    and you have no service manual
    to help guide you through what ever it is you are trying to do -

    my advice would be to put everything back together
    and take the car to a qualified mechanic -

    it's going to cost a lot more to fix the stuff you are bound to mess up -

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    Sounds like he is changing rear hub bearing. I did my knuckle bushings and wheel bearing at same time. My hub flange was stuck onto knuckle mounting surface due to yrs of corrosion. Took a little finesse.

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    Re: What size socket and tool needed

    Quote Originally Posted by stoveguyy View Post
    Sounds like he is changing rear hub bearing. I did my knuckle bushings and wheel bearing at same time. My hub flange was stuck onto knuckle mounting surface due to yrs of corrosion. Took a little finesse.
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    fire-wrench - or slide-hammer?

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    Re: What size socket and tool needed

    Pin bolt ???

    DO NOT attempt to compress the rear caliper piston with a clamp - it screws back in and the indents in the piston face are aligned with the new pads.

    You MUST use the correct torque value for the new bolts and use brake lube on the pinb bolts and boots - sparingly.

    Click these thumbnails for more info - back out for each thumbnail, click the next one.........

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    Re: What size socket and tool needed

    ok did reading on here before i tied into this. It aint that big of deal dont need to take pin out like i read on here bracket just bolts on my eyes aint to great anymore and glasses keep falling off all i need to know is how to remove emergency brake cable without messing this up

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    Re: What size socket and tool needed

    The pin bolt is 11.
    To remove the parking cable, ensure the parking brake is NOT applied. Use long nose pliers, push the spring (around the cable) a bit back, hold it back with the pliers (by pinching the cable) and in the same time use the pliers to pull the cable 1/8" forward to release it(that round metal end) of the bracket.
    You can unscrew the bracket that mounts the cable end on before so you get a bit more slack. But is an easy job, nothing difficult there.


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