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2011 jeep patirot rear caliper piston won't retract

Rear caliper piston will not retract into the caliper housing. Does it need to be rotated then pushed or do I need a caliper tool?

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I personally use a big C CLAMP gently squeeze it in

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Just us a c-clamp to push the piston in but before you start turning the clamp open the bleeder screw to allow the fliud to drain instead of pushing dirty fluid back into the system

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SOURCE: does the rear caliper piston need to rotate as it

No you do not.

Here is the steps for the brake job and it does not state that other than compressing the piston, you do NOT have to rotate it like on some foreign vehicles:

Removal & Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2. Drain2/3of the brake fluid from the front reservoir. Use the bleeder screw at the front outlet port to drain the fluid. If equipped with anti-lock brakes, relieve the system pressure.
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  4. Remove the wheels.
  5. Pry the caliper support spring out of the caliper.
  6. Remove both caliper slide pin bushing caps and slide pins.
  7. Lift the caliper from the anchor.
  8. Using a piece of mechanics wire, support the caliper so there is not tension on the brake hose.
  9. Remove the brake pads from the caliper.
Rear brake pads—Liberty

To install:
  1. Position the brake pads onto the caliper.
  2. Position the caliper into place on the anchor.
  3. Coat the caliper slide pins with silicone grease and torque them to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm). Install the slide pin bushing caps.
  4. Install the caliper support spring in the top of the caliper under the anchor; then, install the other end into the lower caliper hole.
    NOTE Hold the spring in the caliper hole with your thumb while prying the spring end out and under the anchor.

  5. Fill the master cylinder with fluid and bleed the brake system.
  6. Before driving the vehicle, pump the brakes several times to seat the pads.
  7. Install the wheels.

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