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Brake grease #4584567
11/25/17 03:15 PM
11/25/17 03:15 PM
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mb32 Offline OP
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I'm doing the front brakes on my 06 G35. After finishing up I went to flush the brakes and noticed that the rear caliper slide boots were completely shrunken.

I was fortunately able to get the pins out but it was obvious all the grease had escaped.

I did the rear brakes 2.5 years ago and used Permatex synthetic disc brake lube (green colour). I obviously want to clean everything up, replace the boots and get new grease on the pins and clean off what I just applied to the front.

Any recommendations on what grease to get use that won't kill the rubber?

Re: Brake grease [Re: mb32] #4584574
11/25/17 03:18 PM
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Rand Offline
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Sil-glyde


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Re: Brake grease [Re: mb32] #4584585
11/25/17 03:23 PM
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Permatex brake grease goop of any color is bad news for pin seals and bushings.Sil-Glyde

Re: Brake grease [Re: mb32] #4584589
11/25/17 03:26 PM
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Dielectric grease or sil glyde is what I always use.


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Re: Brake grease [Re: mb32] #4584591
11/25/17 03:28 PM
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Sil-glyde. How bad were the boots? Rubber tends to get mushy in petroleum based stuff.


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Re: Brake grease [Re: mb32] #4584606
11/25/17 03:48 PM
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I've made the same mistake and had similar results in the past.

All those different flavor "caliper greases" are super misleading IMO. They're more for the pad ears and backings and not so much for the rubber areas. I too use Sil Glyde for those and still have an expensive jar of purple "synthetic" caliper grease that is real sticky and stringy that I barely use.


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Re: Brake grease [Re: mb32] #4584612
11/25/17 03:57 PM
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Sil-glyde


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Re: Brake grease [Re: mb32] #4584623
11/25/17 04:12 PM
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I used Dow Corning 111 on the slide pins the last time I did brakes; only because that's what I had on hand at the time. It's a high viscosity silicone grease used to lubricate plastic water softener valves and o-rings. It seems to be working OK. It's probably similar to Sil-glyde.

Re: Brake grease [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4584742
11/25/17 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted By: HosteenJorje
Permatex brake grease goop of any color is bad news for pin seals and bushings.Sil-Glyde


Right. There is nothing "Perma" about Permatex brake grease, that stuff never failed to dry out and disappear within a few months.

Nothing but Sil-Glyde now for me. The 3M silicone paste is good as well but pricey.

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Re: Brake grease [Re: mb32] #4584794
11/25/17 07:42 PM
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I have some silicon grease, and some red rubber grease, bought in Japan, and some Bendix Ceramlube, bought in Australia.

So far I've only used the silicon. Since it didnt have a very high temp spec I backed it up by wrapping the pins in teflon tape. Been OK so far but I'll probably remove that the next time I strip them.

Dunno whats in the (recommended?) red rubber grease but IIRC the "traditional" Castrol equivalent was a castor oil/bentonite base, so it should be fairly rubber compatible but might eventually harden in service.

On paper the Bendix stuff should be the best but its pretty expensive.

The only readily available rubber compatible grease in Taiwan is earwax, and there isn't much of that.

Re: Brake grease [Re: mb32] #4584823
11/25/17 08:13 PM
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King Kaliper/BBB Industries only uses a SilGlyde type lube in its assembled brake calipers...the previous Massachusetts owner of the King brand also only used the same product.And they had been around for 25+ years...

Re: Brake grease [Re: mb32] #4584826
11/25/17 08:19 PM
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I usually use whatever grease comes with the pads, and the last time I did rear brakes, I got new calipers anyway, which cane with the slide pins pre-greased hide

Re: Brake grease [Re: mb32] #4584831
11/25/17 08:28 PM
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I use Permatex Extreme purple goo on all the contact points and shims, but only 3M silicone paste on slide pins and boots.

Too many horror stories of anything but silicone on rubber components.


~Shade tree mechanic for friends and family.
Re: Brake grease [Re: Rand] #4584837
11/25/17 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted By: Rand
Sil-glyde


+1


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Re: Brake grease [Re: Merkava_4] #4584855
11/25/17 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted By: Merkava_4
I used Dow Corning 111 on the slide pins the last time I did brakes; only because that's what I had on hand at the time. It's a high viscosity silicone grease used to lubricate plastic water softener valves and o-rings. It seems to be working OK. It's probably similar to Sil-glyde.

Pay attention in class, Merk. Very little about Sil-Glyde is similar to 111 grin:

Sil-Glyde:
1. Polypropylene Glycol 25322-69-4 45-60%
2. Castor Oil 8001-79-4 30-45%
3. Silicon Dioxide, Amorphouse (silica) 7631-86-9 5-15%
4. Polydimethylsiloxane (silicone) 63148-62-9 1-5%
5. Oleoyl Sarcosine 110-25-8 1-5%


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