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Changing rear tire, reinstalling brakes, I was greasing the pins that the caliper slides on. The rear pin has a rubber sleeve that kept sliding up the pin not allowing the pin to go in right. Is the rubber supposed to be glued onto the pin? I guess I need to just buy a new one? Anyone else have this happen?
 

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The rubber should fit in the grooves without glue. But with age and copper grease the rubber gets soft and will not want to stay in place.
 

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Hi Brian, There is a groove around the pin and one in the caliper that each end of the rubber fits in to hold it in place. But as Ted says age is a killer on rubber parts.
 

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Those boots on my 81 were hard and cracked. Usually I soak them in rubber protectant for a few days and it softens them up, but these were beyound saving. New ones come with a rebuild kit (about $22). Unless they've been rebuilt before, your calipers are due for a rebuild anyway.
 

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I did finally get it in, it's not something I'm proud of, but it seems to work OK, no binding. Maybe I'll do the rebuild kit next time I take it off. Thanks for the advice!
 
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