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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Caliper Piston Dust Boots Installation

The front brakes on the 1969 Camaro use a single piston caliper and an 11-inch rotor to provide the stopping power this car needs. Sealing the caliper piston to the caliper housing is important to prevent dust and road debris from entering the space between the caliper piston and housing. Grit from the road can damage the square cut seal inside the caliper. If the dust boots are torn, the average do-it-yourself mechanic can replace the dust boots in a couple of hours.

Tools Used: Floor jack, Jack stands, Wheel chocks, Lug wrench, 3/8-inch Allen socket, 3/8-inch ratchet, Caliper rebuild kit, Angled pick

Install Caliper Piston Dust Boots

Block the rear wheel on the opposite side of the wheel you will be working on with a pair of wheel chocks. Lift the front wheel off the ground with a jack and place a jack stand under the lower control arm. Remove the wheel with a lug wrench and roll it out of the way.

Remove the two caliper slide pins by unscrewing them with a 3/8-inch Allen socket and 3/8-inch ratchet. Lift the caliper off the rotor and turn it so the caliper piston is facing you.

Detach the old dust boot and the retaining ring from the caliper with a small angled pick to pry out the retaining ring then simply pull the old boot off of the caliper. Clean any scale or debris out of the retaining ring groove with the pick.

Install the new seal from the kit by stretching it over the caliper piston then pushing the outside edge of the seal into the retaining ring groove. Slip one end of the retaining ring into the groove and slowly work the ring into the groove until it pushes the boot into the groove and snaps completely into place inside the groove.

Reinstall the caliper and tighten the slide pins securely. Remount the wheel and raise the Camaro off the jack stands with the floor jack. Remove the stands and lower the car to the ground. Remove the wheel chocks.

Tips & Warnings

Failure to support the vehicle's weight with jack stands, while working under it, can result in vehicle damage and severe injury.

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