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Is there any other way to get the rear caliper to retract on a 2009 Lincoln MKS other than buying a tool?

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Hi. What tool? I don't know the history of your car but looks like your calliper is seizing. There is few thing that can cause that. To retracted manually, you can open bleader valve and push the pad back with the piston. Install little hose connected to a bottle to bleader tip so you don't spill breake fluid ( it's. very corrosive), screw bleader back.
When you start the car, breaking system gets pressurized. When you apply breaks, brake booster dramatically raises pressure which makes piston go out and push pad against rotor. When you release brake pressure goes down and back pressure suck piston back in, unless is seized ( maybe seal broke and dirt got in) or have not enough back pressure: leaking, air in caliper or system. Check fluid level. Add if is low. Blead all breaks. If problem persists I would check vacuum level created by engine first before replacing caliper. Maybe engine is not producing enough vacuum for booster to work properly. How's your emissions ? You could clean piston and caliper assembly but it may not work on the long run. Once is seized have bigger resistance while working and is just a matter of time when gets seized back. I hope this explain your questions

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Hello on all cars and trucks and suv's with disc brakes their are a few different configurations first on the caliper since I am not sure about this model just read this and it will help you if the piston inside the caliper is solid in the middle and not open if it is solid you will be able to get it to retract by turning it clockwise I believe either turn it one direction if it goes out further then go the other direction where the piston is going back into the caliper ok then once it is all the way back in you will be able to place it back on with brake pads onto the rotor ok. If the piston is a open face with the hole in the middle you can use a C clamp and get the piston to retract back into the caliper ok just open the C-clamp large enough to go over the lip of the piston and over the back of the caliper then snug it up where it is sitting on the lip of the piston and over the back of the caliper and just turn the lever on the C-clamp closing it up and pressing the piston back into the caliper after it is reseated then place your brake pads on the caliper and slip over your rotor and put back together if you by any chance open the brake system to any air you will have to bleed your brakes but if you did not then they should be fine if your brakes are spongey feeling threw your brake peddel then I would advise you to bleed your brakes ok. Also wanted to tell you if the piston is solid in the middle and not open then you will not be able to use the C-clamp method on it because on the solid pistons have to be turned to be reseated into the caliper the reason I tell you this is because yes I have had people try to reseat a turning caliper piston by trying to use the C-clamp method and it doesn't work ok hope this helps you. if you have to bleed your brakes please let me know I will explain that method if you need it have a nice day.

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If pressure caliper use a c-clamp and old brake pad ---if twist back use a needle nose pair of pliers and insert the tips into the impressions and turn to retract

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