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Changing rear pads on 04 biuck lesaber, can't get but one in.

Already pushed caliper back, looks like something moved that shoudn't have??

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    thank you for your relay ,i figured it out ,and fixed it.

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The rear brake caliper piston doesnt push back, it takes a specail $7 tool from Auto Zone or other part store, the caliper piston screws back into the caliper. pushing it back may damage the caliper, be careful here.

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