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ID of Front Suspension Part for 95 SLS & Brake Caliper Problem
What to you call the front suspension part that the brake caliper bolts to? It appears to be a big casting tht connects the lower control arm to the strut rod, and contains the front wheel bearings. I need another one I think!!!
What happened? Bolting on the left front caliper after replacing the pads and rotor, I was daydreaming and inadvertently overtorqued the lower bolt that holds the caliper on. Now the caliper is only held on with upper bolt...not good. VERY Embarassing....I consider my self a relatively experienced home mechanic and can't belief I sheared the bolt.
My plans are to remove whatever the calipers bolt to, I think it's the large casting piece and replace it with a slavage yard part or take it to a machine shop to have the sheared on threaded part of the bolt replaced.
Anyplace I can get an exploded view of the front suspension to see what parts have to be replaced?
Re: ID of Front Suspension Part for 95 SLS & Brake Caliper Problem
Thanks for the exploded parts diagram. Rather than hassle trying to remove the broken bolt, I've ordered a "new" knuckle from a ebay part seller. Since I'll have the hub/bearing out, I ordered a new one from a well known on-line parts seller. BTW, see the bolt identified as part 22. The Cadillac dealer wants $31 for this bolt!!! It's available from the same on-line parts seller for $3.18. A 10:1 price difference...amazing.
About removing broken bolts.......when all else fails, you know like you tried to drill out the bolt stub and the drill bit broke, etc.....what to do?
You call Jerry's Tap and Die in Santa Ana, California. Their main business is removing broken off bolts no one else can remove. How do they do it? They erode the bolt away with an electric arc. Their machines have small tubes from which flows a water/oil emulsion. The tube is electrified. The tube oscillates up and down and every time it touches the bolt stub it removes metal. The fluid emulsion keeps things cool and it also removes the metal debris. The metal debris looks like very tiny ball bearings. This eats out the entire bolt except for it's threads. They remove the threads with a tap. If need be the renew the threads with an insert. They also make "house calls," for large items too large to ship, they come to your place. Didn't ask, but I'd guess house calls are expensive.