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Cant compress rear caliper cylinder on 2001 Kia Optima

I am trying to change the brake pads on my sons 2001 Kia Optima. When I try to compress the caliper piston it does not move. I have gotten conflicting information saying that thes calipers require them to be turned at the same time they are being pushed in. The piston does not have any notches which typically indicate they require turning. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  • mark_dyment Jun 26, 2009

    Thanks for the reply. You're right about the hand brake. I found the same thing out talking to a Kia mechanic yesturday. In the Optima, the hand/emergency brake does not operate the caliper, it operates a pair of shoes on the inside of the rotor. So these calipers did not require turning (they required replacing) as they were both siezed.



    Once I got the new calipers - I was done in a couple of hours which is a lot less than the time it took me to figure out they didn't need turning.



    Thanks again for your help!



    MD.

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Hi if the hand brake is operated with the brake caliper too then yes it will be a wind back if you do not have a tool you can use large grips and turn the piston clockwise beingcarfull not to damige the dust seal and after a few turns then push the piston back it will move but slowly
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