I went to change the brake fluid in my 2000 Toyota Camry and when I tried to unscrew the bleeder nipple on a front caliper it broke in half rather than unscrewed. So, I need to replace the caliper since I don't want to deal with drilling out the old one in some way that doesn't leave shavings someplace they will do damage.
So, the specifics I'm looking for are:
- What hardware if any should be replaced every time the brake line comes off the caliper? I know there's a brass washer for the banjo bolt, but what is the criteria for replacing it?
- I'm going to do pads on both sides of the front since they're getting close anyway. Am I correct that there is no need to replace the other caliper as well?
- Can I treat the threads on the bleeder nipple with anti-seize or is this just asking for trouble from the anti-seize contaminating the brake fluid?
- What generally is the torque spec for the bleeder nipples? The Chilton / Haynes books are mute on the subject.
- When the bleeder nipple came apart, I had my son press the brakes as far as they would go, and they are firm, and I watched the bleeder and no fluid escaped. Am I correct to conclude that this is safe to drive until I can get the caliper on there?