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On A 1983 subaru station wagon how do you get the caliper pushed back in to install new brake pads. Is there a trick to making the caliper retract.

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  • jlkrngr May 13, 2009

    That does not work there is an arm that is operated by a cable that make the brakes activate there seems to be something there that needs to be done.

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Use a 6 inch c lamp with crank handle to depress caliper piston to the fully retracted posistion.

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