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I was able to compress the rear piston on the rear breaks on a 2009 dodge caravan i now know that it should be turned in i checked that the wheel turns and when the breaks are applyed the wheel stops and when the break peddle is release it turns again what i dont know is weather or not i may have damage anything what the repairs are to fix it if i did damage it

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    i was able to compress the rear piston on the rear breaks on a 2009 dodge caravan i now know that it should be turned in i checked that the wheel turns and when the breaks are applyed the wheel stops and when the break peddle is release it turns again what i dont know is weather or not i may have damage anything what the repairs are to fix it if i did damage it
    How does the rear piston work. i now think that turning it in is part of the parking break but what is inside that lets turning it move it. it is a fluid moving piston if their are threads then what did i do when i moved it with a c-clamp. or is it some other system and it just reset it self

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Hi! I believe you just did a great job. The possible damage that can occur will be a fluid leak that can be repaired by replacing the repair kits. Assuming that theres no leak after the replacement then it was a job well done. Hope this helps and have a good one!

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    i think the leak that you were talking about would be around the piston in the calaber and the repair is a repair kit (which is a piston and a o ring). do you think that in the furture i will be able to screw it in or did something happen so that now it will have to be compressed again. i am not use to turning in the piston and wonder how it works and why it is done this way. i was able to do the other side the correct way

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    dj_relly999 Jul 18, 2010

    Alrighty, since you did well on the other side you will just have to try on the other. Yes its the o ring Im talking about, It will really require patience on performing this. Im a mechanic myself and sometimes putting this on still digs on me.

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    dj_relly999 Jul 19, 2010

    Hi! Hows it going?


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Pump the brake pedal repeatedly to pump the caliper piston back out, this may take dozens of pumps with the engine running, I don't see how u could have damaged anything, done lots of these over the last 35 years, u did the correct procedure to depress the rear pistons back into the caliper.

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  • zerohr9am Jul 19, 2010

    Everthing seem to be working ok have not checked the parking breaks yet just want to know what I could of damaged by pushing (not turning) the (rear) piston in that is my main cocern. Do you know how turning can move the piston.

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