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When replacing rear disc brakes on a 2004 Cadillac SRX V6 SUV, do I need a C clamp to compress the caliper piston?

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Yes, you have to compress the shims on any car with disc brakes to release the pads, I recommend using an actual disc pad compressor tool, C-clamps can cause damage if not used the correct way. Pad depressors are typically $10 bucks at a local auto parts store. Good Luck!

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