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How to change rear pads on v/w golg 1.6l 2001 when the piston spins round but wont go back and have open the bleed nippel and still no good

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Only self adjusting brakes go back in when the piston spins, get a big C-clamp, tighten up the bleeder, squish the piston back in slowly, or you will flood the engine comp with brake fluid, put the caliper back on, you should be all set. Check it out. Now that you have opened the bleeder, you might have to bleed the brakes, but I would try them before you do. Hope this helps.

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