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Front disk brake stubborn bracket bolts

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2001 Forester 96000 miles on her. Front rotors have never been replaced, and she has spent all of her life in RI and MA. I was getting the vibration wobble when braking above 40 mph, so I knew it was time!

 

What should have been a do-it-myself front pads and rotors replacement turned into a trip to the shop to torch heat and remove the corrosion welded pad bracket bolts...one of which I had sheared off with a breaker bar. I bought 4 new bracket bolts (pn# 901130011) that come with lock washers from Cityside Subaru for $18.40, then had an inde shop remove the old and install the new. My mechanic went easy on me this time, only charging one hour of labor $80 for the work. He also installed the new pads & rotors (which I supplied from Advance Auto $94) while he was in there. So be warned, up here in the rust belt, those bracket bolts might not spin out very easily...you might have to apply some heat! And people--this means YOU Subaru--there is this crazy little thing called ANTI-SEIZE! Use it, Know it, Live it.

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I had an almost identical experience with our 2000 and 2001 OBW. Anti-seize is definitely a good idea. I just had to replace the rotors again on the 2000 since I apparently installed the cheapies the last time and the bracket bolts came right out :)

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yea, had the same problem a few months back. I busted off a bolt holding on the rotor, took it to a shop, where they had to heat the broken part of the bolt with a torch. Yes, anti-seize should be used on those bolts.

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