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How do i depress the piston on the brake calipers

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Front one with chanellock pliers ,
rear with special tool or needle nose pliers if it's not corroded , twist and push in clockwise.

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The pistons in the caliper should retract without much effort. A "C" clamp is usually all you need to do it. I suspect you have a seized caliper or possibly a kinked or crushed brake line (preventing the brake fluid from returning to the master cylinder when the piston is depressed) feeding that caliper - but isn't very likely.

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Hi, Do I need a special tool to depress the caliper piston or can I use a G clamp? I did this on the front brakes but the rear piston seems a lot tighter.


You can use a "C" clamp...but be sure to use the old pad that goes on the piston side of the caliper...place the old pad back on the piston and then use the "C" clamp to depress the piston back into the caliper..this will prevent damage to the piston...also, to aid in this process, you can remove the brake fluid resevoir cap and put a towel around it so it doesn't leak all over the floor

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If it is a disc brake with the park brake connected to the brake caliper the piston in the caliper will need to be rotated back into the caliper bore. there are special; tools for this but sometimes a multi position wrench can be used. If when rotating the piston starts to move out of the caliper stop straight away and reverse rotation before the piston comes out causing loss of fluid and air entering .

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2006 malibu maxx - the rear brake caliper will not depress.


If you are replacing the rear pads and are trying to retract the caliper pistons here is what you need to do.
Use a piston installation tool in order to twist the brake caliper piston into the brake caliper bore.
If you do not have the tool you can retract the piston by using a needle nose plier.
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Brake Pad Replacement,2004 VW Touareg,V6 instructions


Same as any other vehicle.

1. Raise and support vehicle
2. Remove tire/wheel
3. Loosen/remove the two caliper bolts
4. Slide caliper off the rotor.
5. Use a C-Clamp to depress the caliper piston
6. Remove old pads from caliper
7. Install new pads on caliper
8. Install caliper/tighten caliper bolts
9. Install tire/wheel
10.Lower vehicle
11 Move to next wheel/repeat

Some people take a turkey baster and remove some of the brake fluid from the master cylinder prior to depressing the caliper piston because it can over flow. If you choose to do that just add the fluid back when finished so it is at its proper level.

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Use a large "C" clamp, or a large pair of channellocks.

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You need to use a large "C" clamp to depress the caliper/piston

Similar to as shown here ..

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The "nozzle" that you speak of is the brake bleeder .. opening that will not release the piston pressure ..

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It must be turned clockwise while being pushed in. The local parts store will have a tool just for this purpose.

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