Is there any circumstance in which it would be acceptable to put anti-seize on a slider pin (for a brake caliper)?
A mechanic wrote this to me:
"When slider pins are serviced, they are removed from the mounting bracket, buffed on a wire wheel and lubricated with anti-seize or a synthetic brake lubricant. Both options are acceptable (contrary to your Google search) and provided by Napa."
As the mechanic says, I've already done research on the topic. I could tell you what I found, but I don't want to do anything to compromise the neutrality of the answers.
I can at least show you what research I have done in order to make sure this question wasn't a duplicate:
- What type of Brake Lube to use (gives one suggestion for a product to use on slider pins, but doesn't address the question of whether or not anti-seize would be acceptable).
- What brake components need to be lubricated? (has anti-seize mentioned in two of the answers, but neither mention refers specifically to using it on the guide pins).
- Replaced brake pads - one pad was full, the other was gone. Brakes now very hot after driving (anti-seize is mentioned in association with guide pins in one of the answer, but there's a lack of details and this answer has a net score of 10 lower than the top-voted answer, so it seems relatively poorly received).
- Sounds like brake disc is making contact with pad shims (for completeness, I'm listing here the last thread from, the 6 results in my search for "anti-seize sliding pin" which might be interpreted by some as being relevant, but it seems a lot less related than the previous three that I listed here).
- Squealing Brakes (2012 Chevy Cruze RS) (searching "anti-seize guide pin" gave me two results, one that I already listed above, and this one, which I think is fair to say is not very relevant).