1998 Step van front brake question.

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2014/01/06 18:13:05 (permalink)

1998 Step van front brake question.

I have removed my front brake caliper on my 1998 Utilimaster, and when I did the thin piece that slides between the caliper and where it mounts popped out before I could see how it was installed.  I can't tell by looking at the other front brake.  I have googled for hours and nothing shows up.  I purchased an online Chiltons manual that turned out to be generic crap.  I need to get my wheel back on before heavy snow hits again.  I am considering ordering a shop manual online but I am also having a hard time locating one.  If there is a P32 in my VIN then I am assuming this is a P-32 chassis.  I want to make sure that I get the right manual.  The seller told me it was a P30.
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/06 23:43:21 (permalink)
    If it is just a thin piece of sheet metal it is the pad shim and it goes between the caliper piston and the back of the brake pad.
     

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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 16:11:29 (permalink)
    No my shims were totally trashed.  My brake shoe hold down clip was gone.  I am trying to figure out how the caliper key goes back on and where the new clip goes.  Do I assembly that and then put the caliper back on or does it somehow slid into a slot with the caliper loosely in place?  Took my all day just to find the name of the caliper key!  Are the shims sold separately, or are they pre-installed on the new discs?  Appreciate any amount of help.  Still waiting for the manuals to arrive. Alaska is far from everything.
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 16:33:57 (permalink)
    Do you have a Napa auto parts or similar ?
    I would try them. Sometimes they can be a wealth of knowledge.
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 17:02:20 (permalink)
    As chefbuba said. ... take your shim and brakes shoes and go to the local parts dealer (preferably the one you bought the parts from).  They can/will show you the assembly diagram.
     
    I never seen a shim as pictured above, but I think you might be talking about a 'squealer clip'    ... otherwise the shoes just slip into the caliper slots.  set the caliper back over the disk and put in the caliper screw(s).     Be sure the caliper piston is pushed all the way into the caliper.
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 21:07:44 (permalink)

     
    Is this a part of it? if so the thin part goes on top of this piece and the assembly slides in between the caliper and the caliper mount
     
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 21:15:58 (permalink)
    Yeah that is it. So I just loosely place the new pads in the caliper and try to line everything up and then tap that caliper key assembly into the slot underneath the rear of the caliper until the hole is lined up and then bolt it on? I'm having trouble keeping everything in place. .
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 21:21:08 (permalink)
    Yep, slide the caliper up as far as you can, slip the end of the hold down in and tap it gently into place, it should be tight but it should slide in without a great deal of force. I kinda hook the end into the slot it fits in and lever the caliper up with it.
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 21:25:03 (permalink)
    Cool. Thanks man,  Where exactly does the brake shoe hold down clip go? Piece 15.
    post edited by newandathepoet - 2014/01/07 21:30:11
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 21:29:23 (permalink)

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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 21:49:44 (permalink)
    That is an anti rattle spring, it clips on the pad on the bottom so that it holds the pad and keeps it from chattering in the slot it sits in.
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 21:55:17 (permalink)
    The pad on the piston side I assume.
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 22:04:56 (permalink)
    There should be 2 one for each pad, but they aren't essential.
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 22:10:13 (permalink)
    Thanks again.  There is only one.  That seemed odd. Hopefully she is up and running by tomorrow. 
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/07 22:30:22 (permalink)
    GL to you.
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    Re:1998 Step van front brake question. 2014/01/08 20:05:53 (permalink)
    Drove her to the beer store today!
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