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Rear disc brake caliper does it just turn in or compress on 2006 ford 500

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I have the same car and I had the same problem when I changed my brakes. The rear caliper piston twists in; you need a special tool that has a plate, a threaded rod with a T handle, a nut (sleeve style) and a disk adapter with two pins that mate with the slots on your caliper. I rented mine from autozone, reqd a 55 dollar deposit but you get that back when you return the tool. Once you place the tool in the calipers you have to turn the t handle counterclockwise (for the rear passenger caliper) while twisting the nut in the same direction (I know this sounds crazy but trust me). This will compress the piston.

If the caliper does not twist in (because you may have turned it clockwise like I did) you need to restart the threads. I did this by pulling off the old pads and re-attaching the calipers. I had to do this because the gap was too small to place the tool in the caliper after I turned it clockwise and removed the tool. I hit the brake pedal which compressed the piston against the rotor. A ford tech told me to remove the entire assy and pound the caliper piston with a hammer, this may be the proper way to do it but I didn’t want to bother. On the driver’s side you have to turn the t handle clockwise while turning the nut counterclockwise. You should only have to turn the T handle about 10 to 15 times to seat the piston, if you are turning the tool more that that and not seeing any results you need to restart the threads. Good luck and I hope this helps.

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    THANK YOU Gene! Your help was the second thing that came up when I searched for help. On my 2008 Taurus SEL the passenger rear piston had to be turned COUNTERCLOCKWISE and the driver side reat piston had to be turned CLOCKWISE. You do have to apply a bit of pressure to get the threads started if they are out quite a bit. I also HIGHLY recommend the $12 little cube tool that fits a variety of caliper pistons as it makes it much easier to apply pressure. Hope this saves someone else some headache! Good Luck.


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Look at it if itlooks like there is little holes in it then it turns if not then it pushes but i think that it pushes

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