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How do I retract the rear brake caliper piston

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    clive pearson May 11, 2010

    Hi Just seeing how you got on with your brake cylinders .. simple solution to the problem I know easy though like all little tricks when you know them lol .. regards Vortash

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Usually with a special tool you can borrow at autozone. because the rear brakes are usually the parking brake. you have to screw them back in. if there is a cross pattern or some type of groove in the piston will confirm this.

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A 4" C-clamp should do it. Place old pad over piston, install C-clamp over pad and under piston housing. Turn C-clamp slowly until piston is retracted. DO NOT open bleeder.

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