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Front brakes can a c clamp be used to compress cyl.

Front brakes 97 cabrio

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  • dorfy16 Feb 05, 2009

    thanks for the help i will change them tomorrow

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Yes, That is the Easiest way to Compress them on your Own. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!

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    Travis Humphries Feb 05, 2009

    No Problem! Happy To Help!

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