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How do i compress the rear brakes, i bought the cube but doesnt seem to be working...any tips?

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If the rear brakes is a disc brake system, the caliper piston is either pressed in or screwed in. Proper tools for this are available at most autoparts stores such as AutoZone or Oreilly's as a loaner tool program.

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