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Volvo V70 1998 brake repair

I plan to replace all the pads and rotors on my 1998 V70 GLT. Do I require a tool to retract the rear caliper pistons or will they press in like the front do.
This model has seperate brake shoes for emerg / hand brake.

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You can push them in by hand although a tool to spread the pads apart is quicker. You have to grab the caliper and rotate with some force to spread the pads a bit it to get it off the car in the first place.

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They retract just like the front caliper pistons.

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