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Hi, I would like to know how to get the piston to go in on the rear calipers of a 2008 dodge grand caravan. I tried to use a c-clamp to push it in, but it will not retract. I have heard of a screw type piston but I am not sure of how to do this and I don't want to make more problems for myself. the brakes work but they are worn down and need replaced. 25,800 mile of the vehical. thank you. Jim

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Apply pressure to the c clamp as you undo the hydraulic hose nut(turn undo/turn undo so as not to allow air in system....)

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How do you get the caliper in on the rear of 2008 dodge caravan

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The rear brakes calipers seem ceased up when trying to push plunger back to replace the brake pads.they don't want to seem to budge with brake clamp pressure.

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