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Old July 4th, 2014, 09:22 AM
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Front Wheel Bearing replacement

Hey all, currently replacing my landy's front wheel bearings. I've removed the four bolts from the brake caliper assembly. However the brake fluid pipes remain. Must I also unplug the feed pipe at the top, that is, in between the two top caliper bolts, so that the whole brake assembly comes off? I didn't want to get into losing fluid but I guess I may have to...
Any advice on getting the caliper assembly off is welcome, thanks in advance.
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Old July 4th, 2014, 09:32 AM
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use pipe wrench to squeeze on brake pads and close the caliper pistons. then you can lift caliper off and hang it with a coat hanger without cracking your pipes.
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Old July 4th, 2014, 09:44 AM
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yep - just hang the caliper - no need to remove pipes
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Old July 4th, 2014, 09:49 AM
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The pipe in between the top horizontally place bolts, that comes away with the whole assembly right?
That top plate with the two said bolts doesn't want to slide either....
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Old July 4th, 2014, 09:53 AM
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just noticed its a 2007. may be different. have abs? I'll defer to others.
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Old July 4th, 2014, 10:05 AM
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Disconnect the ABS sensor wire and pull the caliper with the bracket from the top of the swivel housing and hang to the side.
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Old July 4th, 2014, 10:13 AM
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The thing between the bolts is not a pipe (I don't think), but the wire for the ABS sensor. The upper plate looks like it has another bolt on the side to release it.
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Cheers Red, nice work. Thanks to all naturally.
Should get this done tomorrow, beer O'clock!
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Old July 5th, 2014, 08:55 AM
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abs sensor

so it was an ABS sensor. Disassembled the housing, sensor's the long silver tube thingy there at the back.
The inner bearing, should it sit flush on the bearing face of the housing, pressed in tight with the seal, or should there be play in between the seal and bearing?!
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