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I'm changing the rear brakes on my 2008 Dodge G.Caravan, I dunno how to compress the rear caiper piston, in order to fit the new pads on the rotor.

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What I use is a big old "C" clamp available at any hardware store. Do a little thinking about the piston as you tighten it, do not want to put any lateral force on it just push it in. May want to take the top off the master cylinder too when you push the fluid backwards.

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