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I am changing the rear brake pads on my 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. Can you tell me how to reset the caliper so it will fit back over the new pads? I have tried screwing it, but it does not seem to be adjusting to get enough clearance. Thanks.

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    Yes!!! Thank you!!

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Normally you must use a special tool, (mechanical or air pressure assisted), which both pressing & screwing brake piston into brake caliper in order to reset new brake pads clearance.
If you don't have this special tool you need both pressing & screwing brake piston into brake caliper in order to reset new brake pads clearance.

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