Question about 2004 Dodge Ram 1500
Open bleeder valve & push piston in by hand
If you have an internal parking brake, you have
to screw that in as well
Posted on Jan 23, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: changed frt and rear brake
The piston must be rotated as it is pushed into the caliper. There is a special tool for this that is sold at just about all parts houses. The tool looks like a small square with various pins for various applications that goes on the end of your 3/8 drive ratchet.
Posted on Feb 02, 2010
The rear calipers on these models require a special tool that compresses and turns the piston in at the same time -- most parts stores carry this tool.
It is called a caliper piston press -- and it installs where the pads would go and acts like a c-clamp,when turning handle it will turn the caliper piston backinto the caliper as it compresses it.
Anytime the brake rotor or brake pads are being replaced, the rear caliper piston must be seated (bottomed) to compensate for the new brake rotor or lining. Because the Parking Brake self-adjuster mechanism is attached to the piston, a special seating method is required. The only acceptable method is by rotating the piston back into the bore using Retractor,MILLER Special Tool 8807, . Any other seating method will damage the self-adjuster mechanism.
Good luck and hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 07, 2010
I used a big screw driver to turn the pistons in. They don't simply compress like many calipers using a C-clamp. You need to turn them in like a screw. Like I said use a big flat blade screwdriver on one of the sides where there is a notch (with the cap off the master cylinder). If it doesn't turn in with a screwdriver then it may be stuck and needing replaced anyway. You can also get the special tool to turn them in but I've never needed it. Good luck.
Posted on Nov 14, 2011
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