Discussion in 'Car Repairs / Maintenance' started by Hairymelon, 27 Dec 2019.
Is it ok to use normal silicone grease or what would you recommend?
My preferred option is Granville Ceramic Brake Grease. I used it on a Merc C220 pins and pads last year and still working well. I use it on any pads I fit.
There's Cera-Tec grease made by Mintex and there's good old coppa slip.
You could contact Big Red and see what they would supply.
If you buy new slider pins, its usual to get a packet of grease with them.
Thanks. I will look for some Granville ceramic Cheers
One issue with pins, even with lube, if the rubber boots are split, they'll end up sticking anyway from ingress of weather and dirt. That's why I had to do the pins on the C220.
If you have silicone grease to hand and don't mind checking the callipers every year or two then it is fine to use - water resistant and suitably slide worthy. I'm not sure how well it reacts to high temperatures though - brakes do get very hot.
I always use copper based grease (Copaslip is a favourite) to help the metal on metal sliding, but that may be seen as a bit old school now. It worked on many a motorbike through the British winter and on quite a few oldish (1980's) Japanese and German (Merc) cars.
Some interesting comparisons are discussed here:
These days I just get my local mechanic to do it as I lack a garage and am getting too old to work outside in the winter when of course the pre-MoT time is for me - I really should change it for an August MoT and get the satisfaction of knowing everything is allright under the bodywork.
Thanks for that uncleB
I’ve been using this, probably the same as the mintex stuff as I believe they are the same company.
The link is just an example, I don’t pay that much.
It’s light brown in colour, I’ve seen that some of the other ceramic brands are white which looks terrible.
Yes, Textar, Pagid and Mintex are all owned by TMD Friction who are owned by an even bigger group.
By the way the Mintex 75ml tube of grease offering for the is a better price than the Textar but I'd go for the 500g tub.
Just a thought. See which brand of pads you have fitted and look on their website for brake caliper pin lube.
I picked it up in a local factors but its mostly all the same. I will buy a tub when it runs out as I prefer to apply with a small paint brush.
I usually stick to Granville too as it's good value and stocked locally.
I use rubber grease where the pin is sliding inside a rubber boot and coppa-slip for metal to metal contact.
Coppa-slip does "dry out" and I've seen this cause issues on Motorcycle sliding calipers on the past BUT any lube is better than none!.
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