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How to collapse rear calipers on mini cooper

Trying to change pads on rear of mini cooper, calipers will not collapse enough to get new pads in. suspect problem might be with emergency brake mechanism cant figure out how to collapse caliper.

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Cooper rear caliper pistons MUST be rotated as they are pushed in. It is due to the parking brake being integrated into the caliper.

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Did you notice the brake fluid level in the master cylinder before you tried to collapse the calipers? You should see a rise in level as you collapse them (however far they did collapse). If you're not seeing any change in the level (it should fill up) you might have a plugged valve between the caliper and the master cylinder. Loosen the brake fluid line to the caliper and try collapsing it again. If still no go, start dismantling the caliper and look for bent, broken, stuck or mal-adjusted pieces.

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