Thread: IH8 Brake work
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:39 PM
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Default IH8 Brake work


Let's see - I had the simple goal of swapping out 3 stock soft lines for the extended variety on the 80. The first two lines came out really well, and then the 3rd (the front passenger side and easiest of the three) wasn't as cooperative.....stripped the hard line trying to break it free. Toyota seemed to have trouble finding this little 4" hard line, but it finally arrived 5 days later. Oh well, moving on....put in the new hard line, and tightened everything up. Bleed everything and I'm good to go? Wrong....

Both rear bleeder screws are seized to the caliper - sweet. I completely strip one side trying to break it free, and the other side starts to strip as well (this after several days of PB blaster). Stop there. Next day, head over to Napa and grab a couple of new bleeder screws. I start with the unstripped screw - put a 6 pt socket on it with a bit of air torque, and it breaks free. Now to the stripped one. Pull the tire for better access. Vice grips - no luck. Center punch - nope. Hammer on a 9mm socket to the stripped head - nada. Drill and extractor - not a chance. The bugger has fused itself to the caliper and there is not even a slight budge. I finally mutilate the bleeder hole with the drill, and what's left of the bleeder is still inside the caliper.

So what began a week and a half ago as a simple brake line swap has now progressed to swapping out yet another caliper - my second in 3 months of ownership.

Lucky for me the old 40 is hanging tough with daily driver duties...
- Matt
1976 FJ40 - green and mostly stock
1996 FZJ80 - not so stock
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