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    hi all, i have just gone to change the discs and pads on my father in laws 2002 1.8 vectra c, but straight away i got stuck because i didnt have the correct tool to take the slide pins out.
    the write ups i have read for this job have stated that it was a allen key fitment but on this car it is not, they are female 6 pointed.
    does anyone know which male tool i need to fit them ?

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    7mm allen key for the slide pins. You'll need an E20 Torx socket to remove the front caliper carriers, an E18 for the rear ones.

    Pull off the round, black plastic covers to reveal the slot where the allen key goes.

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    7mm allen key does not fit.
    it is some sort of torx bolt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by white.akita View Post
    7mm allen key does not fit.
    it is some sort of torx bolt.
    when i had my caliper of i didnt need anything i was able to pull it of with my hands,

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    The bolts you are looking at will be the ones holding the caliper together! I made this mistake too, ended up pulling the caliper apart!!

    There will be 2 black plastic covers over the slides, pop them off and the 7mm will fit in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by white.akita View Post
    7mm allen key does not fit.
    it is some sort of torx bolt.
    You're looking at the wrong bolts fella. Maybe you'd be better off leaving it to pros, like KwikFit....

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    yep i popped the two plastic covers off and in there is the 6 pointed torx screws.

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    do the bolts that hold the calipers together have plastic/rubber covers on them also ?
    none of the pictures in any of the write ups look like the calipers on his 2002 1.8 vectra c.
    i have changed brakes before on my own audi's and bmw's without any problems.
    i recently changed front discs and pads on my 330d m-sport without problem.
    Last edited by white.akita; 7th May 2011 at 16:03.

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    Quote Originally Posted by white.akita View Post
    do the bolts that hold the calipers together have plastic/rubber covers on them also ?
    none of the pictures in any of the write ups look like the calipers on his 2002 1.8 vectra c.
    i have changed brakes before on my own audi's and bmw's without any problems.
    take a picture of behind the calipers, on my 2.2 there was 3 torx head bolts holding the caliper in place, i removed them then knocked the caliper from the brake disc and the slide pin part pulled of by hand,

    thats just my experience, and my 3 bolts where really really really tight, id advise half inch braker bar, as i busted my have inch ratchet and my nose.

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    Here's a picture of ATE calipers from a Vectra, just like you have. The 7mm allen key goes in the hole I've circled in red. The Torx bolts go where I've put blue X's:



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