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Brake piston problem 1999 V40

I had trouble getting the piston back used G clamp with metal plate across piston so that it pushed level it would not move so took plate off and as the end of G clamp turned it it turned the piston and went in do you have to turn the piston as it goes in or not.

there are two recesses on the piston is this for a special tool to fit. Mike.

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Any time a caliper has those two recesses in them, it does need to be turned as it is pushed back in. There are special tools to do that with. You can rent them from your local Autozone.

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