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Back brakes my back brakes need to be changed but the piston will not go right back for me to fit the pads , how do i get the piston to go back as far as it can

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Changing rear brakes on 2009 gold wing. replace outer pad and use screw driver to push pistons back. question, new pads much thicker than old worn out pads how do you open caliper so new pads fit


hi Ed.
It's nearly time to install the new brake pads. But there's one more step to complete before you can do that. You have to manually retract the caliper piston.
If you look at the inside of the caliper you'll see a cylindrical piston coming out -- this part pushes on the inboard side of the brake pad. You'll see that it has adjusted itself to match your worn-out pads, so you'll need to reset the piston to its original position before the caliper, along with your new (and thicker) brake pads, will fit over the rotor.

Before you reset the caliper piston, it's a good idea to remove the cap that covers the brake fluid reservoir. If you don't, you'll be fighting against a significant amount of brake fluid pressure.
Now that the reservoir cap is removed, this is the part where you'll need that C-clamp. Place the end with the screw on it against the piston. You can use a small piece of wood to protect the surface of the piston, if you choose. As you turn the screw, the clamp will increase the pressure on the piston. Keep tightening it until you're able to slip the new pads into the caliper and fit the caliper and the new pads over the brake rotor.
If you find that the piston isn't properly retracting, don't force it. You may have a caliper that's been designed with a piston that slowly turns as it extends. If that's the case, then you'll need a special tool to thread the piston back into the caliper. A brake caliper tool -- a tool specifically designed to retract this type of brake caliper piston -- is available for purchase at most auto parts stores. If you can't find one there, then you can order the tool online -- or if you're really lucky, maybe your neighbor will have one that you can borrow for the afternoon.
Once the brake caliper piston has been fully retracted, you can re-cap the brake fluid reservoir. It's not a good idea to leave the cap off of your brake fluid reservoir for any longer than is absolutely necessary. Debris or even water may find its way into your brake's hydraulic system. Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs and retains water. Water in the brake lines leads to serious safety concerns and more complex repairs than the relatively simple pad replacement that you're finishing up with right now.
Installing the new brake pads themselves is just a simple matter of slipping the new pads into the slots where you found the old ones. If they don't easily fit in with your hands, you may want to tap them in gently with a hammer or rubber mallet. Then, replace the pins or bolts that held them in place and you're nearly done.
Next, move the caliper back into position on the brake rotor. Make sure it fits snugly, and tighten the bolts that hold the caliper in place. Make sure everything is back in place and then give the brake pedal a few pumps from inside your car just to make sure the pedal feels right to you. It may take several pumps of the pedal to get the brakes to properly seat themselves into their new position.
The rest of the brake repair is easy. Put the wheel back on, tighten the lug nuts, remove the jack stands and lower the car to the ground using your jack. It's just like changing a tire. Remember to fully tighten (and properly torque) the lug nuts once you have the vehicle back on the ground.
Also, don't forget to test drive the car to make sure that your brake work was successful. Fixing brakes is one thing; making sure they work properly is another.

if you need more info go to this link.
there is youtube videos showing you how to do it.

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Im trying to change front pads on a3 2005 but cant get the piston to go back


Get a C Clamp large enough to fit from the back of the caliper to the piston. Put a piece metal across the the piston and tighten the c clamp onto the piston as far as it will go. This will push the piston in to put the pads on the caliper and to be able to fit the caliper back onto the brake rotor after installing the pads.

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Caliper for front brake will not go back on over the new brake pads


have you pushed the piston of the caliper back in as far as it will go? are they the correct pads for the vehicle.......cheers.

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Changing rear brake pads on 2008 Ford Taurus and a threaded rod located within the caliber piston prevents compression of piston back into the caliber.


You need a special tool for rear pads. The pistons have to be turned in, there is either slots or holes in the piston for the tool to fit in, then just turn the piston clockwise and push a little at the same time.
Just turn them in far enough for the new pads to slide over the rotor.

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Is there anything special about changing brake pads on a 2004 Escalade?


CHANGING THE BRAKE PADS IS THE SAME AS ANY OTHER CAR OR TRUCK THERE IS NOTHING DIFFERENT, MAKE SURE YOU REMOVE THE BRAKE RESEIVOIR CAP PUSH THE PISTON BACK SLOW AND REPLACE THE BRAKE PADS.

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I have tried changing the rear brake pads on my wifes A6 2.0 tdi Avant the calipers dont fit over the new ones when they are on the brake disk i have put a G clamp on the brake piston and pushed it back as...


If you have the pistons pushed back as far as you can, try this: Make sure that the mounting bolts that attach the caliper to the rotor assembly are not in the way and that you have the right brake pads for the right side. The bolts are attached to the caliper and are long in a protective boot. Sometime they slide over just enough to not allow you to install correctly. Make sure to push them out of the way and look to make sure they are not hanging up on them. Hope this helps, let me know if it  does and I will see if I can help some more....

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How to change back brakes? I can't get the brake cylinder to go in.


Do you mean back brake pads or the back brake callipers?
To change pads you need to use a rear brake pads changing tool to screw in the calliper piston or if you are experienced enough you could screw in the calliper with a two mm thick piece of metal sheeting that fits into the grove of the piston.
If you need to replace the whole calliper remove the hand brake cable first and clamp the flexible brake hose remove brake hose, remove the callier with cylinder and then remove the calliper holder. fit new holder pads and locks and the calliper with the piston and the brake hose and the hand brake cable. Bleed the brakes. Mike

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The back brakes on my Honda Accord are disc brakes. After removing the brake cylinder assembly you will see the brake cylinder piston end has a slot in it. The short pin on the back side of the inner brake pad fits into this slot, but also it is used to 'Turn' (clock-wise) the piston back into the cylinder so you fit the assembly back over the new 'thicker' pads. You can not 'press' this piston back into the cylinder.

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