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I am changing the brake pads in the rear of a ford freestyle, 2006, AWD car. I have it disassembled and I cannot retract the piston into the caliper. I am using a c-clamp. Is there a special tool or special procedure for this?

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  • homermills Nov 15, 2009

    The emergency brake is not on. The C-clamp compression does not seem to be compressing the Piston into the calipar. Any other suggestions?

  • homermills Nov 15, 2009

    I did try loosening the screw and it didn't help.

  • homermills Nov 15, 2009

    I went to AutoZone and found the tool you mentioned. Thanks

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No a C clamp is pretty common. You should be able to push it in, make sure the emergency brake is not on while your doing this. You may also need to use a larger C clamp..

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    James Brooks Nov 15, 2009

    Is this the same on both pistons, neither will go in?? If you can't get it with a C clamp then you will need a caliper piston compression tool, you can usually rent on for free at your local Auto Zone/auto parts store..


    The trick is that the piston has to rotate and essentially screw itself back into the caliper.

    There are two notches in the face of the piston that a 'special' tool fits into to help you rotate it while pushing in

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    James Brooks Nov 15, 2009

    If the C clamp doesn't work (99% of the time it does) then the only other option is the compression tool..

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No there is not a special tool. An C-clamp should work fine. Have you tried to loosen the bleeder screw and do it? You may have to reblled the breaks agin but at least youll get it reassymbled.

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  • Roger Campbell
    Roger Campbell Nov 15, 2009

    Question? did you overextend the caliper pistion by any chance? Like by maybe running the brak pads to far down?



    All i got left is to remove the caliper and get one that would operate properly, its youand your familys life riding on it. They sell rebuild kits.



    Hmmm one last thing, is it a possablity that the pisto was cocked when you tried to press it in? maybe also put your c-clamp over the piston cylinder and give it a small gap then press the breaks to realign the piston.

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    Roger Campbell Nov 15, 2009

    It shouldnt be that hard. Check for the piston being square in the caliper.

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