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How to compress back brake calipers

We can't get the calipers compressed. i read on other forums that using a c-clamp could damage them. this is for the back brakes, is there a special tool or a trick?

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YES THERE IS A SPECIAL TOOL.it requires pushing and turning the piston at the same tme.

Posted on May 30, 2009

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