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Rear brakepads pistons will not return fully into the housing,could this be down to the handbrake setting?

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  • spannerbende Nov 04, 2008

    cheers mate, figured the cable was the prob, but not worked on this particular setup before. ta very much for the info. damond geeza

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Assume you know that rear caliper pistons have to be wind back ? so if pistons are still proud and unable to fit new pads? disconnect the h/brake links from both calipers and ensure they are not siezed ? try wd40 to manually free em ? so they move to fully off position ? then push back pistons fit new pads then pump brakes to auto adjust ? then you will have to adjust the h/brake cable/s with h/brake off to enable to reconnect to each caliper hope this is of help to you best wishes from uk

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