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Old 09-17-2007, 05:37 PM   #1
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Default white lithium grease can be used as brake caliper grease?

I have lithium grease. Now I want to change my rotor. Can the lithium grease be used as dielectric silicone grease which is required on my manual for replacing rotor?

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Old 09-17-2007, 05:55 PM   #2
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I have lithium grease. Now I want to change my rotor. Can the lithium grease be used as dielectric silicone grease which is required on my manual for replacing rotor?
I'm confused. I changed my rotor, but didn't mess with the pads or calipers or anything. I didn't have any point that I needed grease, but I know when you change pads you need it. Dielectric silicone grease is used on spark plug wires, because it transmits electricity. Maybe it's used on rotors, too.

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Old 09-17-2007, 06:28 PM   #3
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Default Re: white lithium grease can be used as brake caliper grease?

The rotors can be changed by just removing the caliper assembly (remove the two bolts that attach the caliper to the steering knuckle). You don't have to remove the guide or lock pins to do this, but if you do, don't use white lithium on them. You'll need high-temperature grease specifically formulated for use with the calipers.

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Old 09-17-2007, 10:05 PM   #4
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The rotors can be changed by just removing the caliper assembly (remove the two bolts that attach the caliper to the steering knuckle). You don't have to remove the guide or lock pins to do this, but if you do, don't use white lithium on them. You'll need high-temperature grease specifically formulated for use with the calipers.
Are you really sure? how to use c-clamp to correct the caliper?

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Old 09-18-2007, 08:16 AM   #5
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Default Re: white lithium grease can be used as brake caliper grease?

You use the C-clamp to shove the piston back into the caliper. If you aren't doing pads, this isn't strictly necessary but, it'll make things easier. Sometimes I'll confess to using a giant set of channel locks to do the calipers. It's faster and I don't have to go hunting my C-clamps.

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Old 09-18-2007, 08:35 AM   #6
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Default Re: white lithium grease can be used as brake caliper grease?

When I replaced the rotors and pads, I just used my thumbs to push in the calipers. It was probably slower than clamps, but easy nonetheless.

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Old 09-18-2007, 08:41 AM   #7
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Unless of course you are replacing rear ABS disk pads. They are screwed in.
I like channel locks also-quicker.

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Default Re: white lithium grease can be used as brake caliper grease?

Correct. For the rear rotors and pads, with the abs calipers I used needle nose pliers to rotate the caliper until is went down.

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Old 09-18-2007, 09:10 AM   #9
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Default Re: white lithium grease can be used as brake caliper grease?

Lithium grease is typically not for high heat applications. Something designed to withstand high temps of brake systems you should use. A good anti-seize will do both, keep parts from seizing together and work as a brake lube. Its all I usually use when doing brakes. Its designed for high heat also.

I've got a bottle of this:
http://www.partsamerica.com/ProductD...egoryCode=3287

Which I used on my last brake job last summer on my previous car.

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Old 09-18-2007, 02:19 PM   #10
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Default Re: white lithium grease can be used as brake caliper grease?

I use a light film of moly grease on pins. Even if the "vehicle" in grease dries out from heat bake it leave moly behind. It works well. I have been doing it for over 20 years and I have yet to have any stuck pin/bolt issues using it. Never been a big anti seize compound fan.

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