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SRAM Force disc caliper pin stuck


The screw in pin that secures the brake pads in the caliper has rounded off and I can no longer extract it.
Unless any one has any better suggestions I think my only solution is to replace the whole caliper.

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  • arlowoodarlowood Posts: 2,551
    edited December 2022
    One thing to try is to hammer a Torx head bit into the rounded off bolt if you've got one of a suitable size. The extra splines on the Torx bit can often give you more grip/purchase to shift the siezed bolt.

    I'm assuming that you've tried all the usual WD40 soaking strategies already?
  • paulbnixpaulbnix Posts: 585
    I hadn't tried freeing oil on it but I've now done so and see it it frees up.
    Good idea about the torx head.
  • Drill it out is the only solution that's ever worked for me
  • me-109me-109 Posts: 1,730
    Pointy mole grip / vise grip pliers clamped on the section of pin between the pads. You might need a new pin afterwards depending on how scored it gets, given that pads may not get that close together.
  • wobblebob said:

    Drill it out is the only solution that's ever worked for me

    This is pretty much the only fix
    1mm drill down tge centre then a 3mm to get the rest out
  • paulbnixpaulbnix Posts: 585
    This is a spare pin - the shaft is 2.5mm in diameter.

    me-109 said:

    Pointy mole grip / vise grip pliers clamped on the section of pin between the pads. You might need a new pin afterwards depending on how scored it gets, given that pads may not get that close together.

    I don't think there is enough space to get a tool that would turn a slippery 2.5 mm shaft.

    I've tried drilling and managed to break my drill bit :(

    I think even if I managed to drill it out I would probably destroy the threads.

    So I've ordered a new caliper and will try drilling out when it arrives so I have a backup in case the drilling goes wrong.

    I've also extracted the rear pin and put some copper slip on the threads so I don't get a repeat of the problem.
  • paulbnix said:

    This is a spare pin - the shaft is 2.5mm in diameter.



    me-109 said:

    Pointy mole grip / vise grip pliers clamped on the section of pin between the pads. You might need a new pin afterwards depending on how scored it gets, given that pads may not get that close together.

    I don't think there is enough space to get a tool that would turn a slippery 2.5 mm shaft.

    I've tried drilling and managed to break my drill bit :(

    I think even if I managed to drill it out I would probably destroy the threads.

    So I've ordered a new caliper and will try drilling out when it arrives so I have a backup in case the drilling goes wrong.

    I've also extracted the rear pin and put some copper slip on the threads so I don't get a repeat of the problem.
    It is a delicate task drilling it
    When you go to the bigger drill the heat generated tends to get it moving befire you get right through .I've done a few and always managed to keep the threads intact .
  • paulbnixpaulbnix Posts: 585
    Turns out that I can't use the bike until the new caliper arrives.

    Set off this morning and zero braking at the front.

    The freeing oil must have corrupted the pads so I might as well give the drilling out another try.
  • paulbnixpaulbnix Posts: 585
    Having failed completely to drill out the pin I have spent £75 and fitted a new caliper.
    Definitely copperslip on this one.

    Just waiting for the weather to moderate and make riding outdoors a pleasure rather than a pain.
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