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I want to replace the rear disc pads. because of the hand break there seems to be some sort of a ratchet mechanism which prevents the cylinder from mooving back to be able to get the new pads in place. how do I realease the cylinder?

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There should be a bolt or hex screw to crank on the back of the caliper if theres none the the piston it self has to be cranked down to reset

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