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Have no special tool how do i compress the rear caliper on S40

Wheel and new pads are now in, how do i now get the caliper back on?

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You don't need to buy any special tool, just use your wheel spanner, should look like a L-sign, otherwise use a wooden end of the hammer and you should be able to push the brake pads in.

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U need to open the pads wide enough to put it back
if you cant do it by hand go buy a pad expanding tool they are cheap

Posted on Jul 17, 2009

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