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Can not compress the rear brake caliper to change new brake pads on my 2006 pontiac g6

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    leaking pontiac g6 disc break calipers

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    my caliper is frozen

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There is a special tool needed for it but u can use a pair of vice grips to do it... but more or less u have to turn the piston counter clock wise and piston will go back into the caliper

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

  • Eric Oct 29, 2011

    Just finished mine and, well your almost correct I found out that you turn it clockwise and it'll go back in. And the special tool is much easier to use then a vise grip. I did't use the vise grip in fear of damaging the piston.

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You can't use a c-clamp to compress the rear calipers. just as adidas_153 said you need a special tool that you can rent from Autozone for a $30 deposit.

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I use a "C" clamp, slowly. If not available, stick a hammer handle or similar in the center & push hard, slowly, it should go. If not, remove cover on fluid fill & try, if that doesn't work, crack bleeder screw open a touch.

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You can't compress the rear cylinder. If you look at the top you can see it is grooved and it looks like an X. Take a box wrench and slowly turn the cylinder. It will back down. No need to waste $ on the special tool.

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