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Some of them are threaded, try turning it in with your hands before you go crushing it with a c-clamp. If it doesn't turn, get a big c-clamp and slowly squish it in and get it back on the rotor, it will adjust itself. I don't know about the cable being attached to it, usually the emergency brake is a mechanical brake brake,not hydraulic. Are you sure it isn't the brake line? Hope this helps.

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HI i have bled the brakes but the pedal still travels half way to the floor

You did bleed the brakes? But if you just pushed back the pistons, that is not bleeding the brakes.

I think that either you have air in the system still, or the brake fluid has moisture in it and is boiling, or a brake hose is failing and is swelling out like a balloon, most likely the first.

Cars with ABS can be difficult for the DIY to bleed effectively, you may need a pressure bleeder attached.

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I removed the rotor and brake pads. but when going to change the pads I can not get the piston to go back far enough to put the new ones in. How do you get the piston to push back in order to put the brake...

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If the brake caliper piston will not go back into the piston bore do it need to be replaced.

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Anything unique or special doing a front brake job on 2003 xj8?

if you have replaced pads on other cars a jag is no different,

Remove roadwheel. Check brake disc (rotor) for adequate thickness and absence of warp, and replace if necessary.

Unbolt the caliper guide pins using a 7mm allen key. The caliper can now be moved to one side and the pads pulled out. Avoid putting any strain on the caliper brake fluid pipe.

Put the caliper approximately back in position and undo the bleed nipple. Attach a piece of rubber pipe looped upward then leading to a jar on the ground, or use a brake bleeding kit. This will prevent air getting into the system. Releasing fluid when pushing the pistons back is significantly easier than pushing the fluid back up through the valve block and avoid risk of damaging or contaminating the sensitive ABS valves.

It is now necessary to push the piston back to be flush with the cylinder, so allowing sufficient space to install the new pads. To not exert force directly onto the piston, but use the old pad instead. Pulling the caliper toward you will push the piston back, as will levering between pad and disc with a stout piece of wood. Do not use metal which would damage the surface of the disc. Tighten the bleed screw and remove the old pad when the piston is pushed back.

Clean the caliper and coat the guide pins, piston head and areas of the caliper in contact with the pads with copper gresase. This will make removal next time that much easier!

Insert the new pads and rebolt the caliper in place.

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On the 2004 ford f-150 talking about the handbrake not parking brake right? if i do, do i take it all the way in like a normal one with a c-clamp?

lets say the parking brake and handbrake are same operated by a mechanical lever or foot lever, ok. if the piston is threaded it has to be spun or threaded back in at the same time pressure is applied pushing it in, you may get away with doing it by hand with a pair of needle nose pliers spinning in and pushing at the same time, also you have have some success using a c clamp while sinning the piston in. keep in mind make sure the caliper has an integral handbrake/ park brake, cable is attached to caliper. hope this helps

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On this 2004 ford f-150 it has brake pads on back and i was told that you had to use a tool to reverse counterclockwise to get brake caliper piston back is this true? and if i do how do i do it?

I picked this up at my local auto parts store. It's a square metal box with little indents on it. A 3/8 ratchet and ext is all you need to use it. Place the proper notches on the piston, then with wrench in loosen mode, ratchet backwards while pushing the piston in. I picked mine up for 10 bucks and it's a cheap one. Better then buying a $90 kit to use.

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All new brake shoes on 97 jeep front callibers still sticking

The problem lays with the Caliper itself and/or the brake hose connected to the Caliper.
However if you replaced the pads, did you also replace the Rotors or have them Turned? The old pads wear the rotor. New pads on old rotors that have not been replaced or turned may end with rubbing or stuck brakes.
A simple way to test whether it's one and/or the other:
1. Remove the Caliper from the rotor, remove the pads. Keep for now the caliper attached to the brake hose.
2. Very slowly push on the brake, exposing more of the piston out of the bore. Not all the way. Usually until the rubber dust seal/boot is fully extended.
3. Check the seal/boot for cracks and tears, and if clean or not. Bad seals may prevent the piston from re-seating.
4. Using a c-clamp and pushing straight in: Try repushing the Caliper Piston back into the Caliper Bore (the cup back into the hole). It should go back in realitively easy.
5. If it doesn't go back in easy: Again slowly pump the brake and re-push the pistons back out to full extended seal/boot (but not the piston out of the bore).
6. Detached the brake hose from the caliper.
7. Again using a c-clamp and pushing straight in: Try again to repush the caliper piston back into the bore without the hose attached. If it goes back-in relatively easy - the caliper is is the brake hose.
8. If the caliper piston does not go back in easily - Replace the caliper.
9. When Installing the new (reman) caliper, remember to bleed the brakes.
After the new Caliper is reattached to hose and has been bled:
10. Again push on the brake petal to fully extend the caliper piston fully (rubber seal/boot fully extended) Again do not push the piston out of the bore! Try pushing the piston back into the bore. If it does not re-seat relatively easy: Replace the brake hose.
11. Another method: After replacing the new caliper back on the rotor: Assumng the entire front end (2WD front wheel drive) or entire vehicle (2WD rear wheel drive) or (4WD all the time) is jacked up off the ground
a. Put the lug nuts back on the rotor.
b. Have helper Start the vehicle and place in Drive. Don't step on gas!
c. Have then let off the brake and then engage the brake.
d. When they let off the brake watch to see if the Rotor is turning or not, if rubbing or not. Or if still sticking.
e. With a new caliper, turned or new rotors, and still a problem? It is the brake hose!
12. Replace the brake hose and try again.

Another method but more expensive:
OR Replace the calipers, brake hoses; bleed and test!

If this helped or not; or if you need additional help or have addtional questions let me know on!

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