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04 dodge ram 1500 HEMI's new brake pads won't fit

The piston won't retract

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  • dubby744 Jan 03, 2009

    thank you so much for the quick response and information. unfortunately, my son-in-law broke the passenger side caliper (i'm assuming because he was forcing it open for the new brake pad to fit). grrrr.... after all that, i had to take it to a brake shop anyway. in a perfect world, my husband would be a mr. fix-it-man, (ergo - not needing my son-in-law) and my truck would never need maintenance stuff like this. but, we do not live in a perfect world so, i'm glad i found this website for future maintenance repairs. i bet i can do little maintenance stuff myself or sweet talk my husband into doing them knowing that we have a new internet vehicle repair GOD (you) out there. thanks again and i hope you have a wonderful new year!

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What you need to do is line clamp brake hose so you dont push dirty brake fluid back into your system..(you can use a pair of needle nose visegrips if you dont own an actual line clamp) loosen bleeder at this point, remove caliper from attatching bracket, with old pad still installed next to piston use a big C-clamp to compress piston, just make sure clamp is centered and compress slowly allowing brake fluid to escape through loosened bleeder... once compressed tighten bleeder and install caliper and pads remove lineclamp....******NOTE******* no need to bleed the system cause of lineclamp procedure... Make sure upon reassembly you use plenty of brake lube on all sliding caliper parts...Good Luck

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    David Quesenberry Jan 05, 2009

    Thank you so much for the nice comments its a pleasure to help and I hope I can be of assistance in the future.... Happy New Year!!!!

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