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I am changing the rear rotors and pads on my 97 jetta gt and cant get the calliper pistons to turn back into the calliper. Any tricks or tips? Also, I am thinking of bleeding the brakes at the same time but have heard that there are extra bleed points and a different sequence. What is the sequence? Thanks for your time, Jonathan

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Calliper pistons have to be screwed back into the calliper. I made a device to attach to my impact wrench to drive them back in. Difficult to do.

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Not familiar with VW, but with many calipers you can use a c-clamp or even a pair of adjustable pliers to slowly squeeze the piston back far enough to replace the pads.

Not sure about your bleeding sequence...

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